Rick Steel

Managing Director, Chicago

Rick has over 30 years in corporate human resources and executive search. He has extensive search experience in the recruitment of middle to senior executives across a  wide range of industries including manufacturing, retail, consumer products, and high technology. His clients have ranged from start-up ventures to Fortune 100 companies with a special emphasis in the functional areas of operations, supply chain, finance, marketing, sales, human resources, and general management.

Prior to joining Comhar Partners, he was a Managing Director at Stanton Chase International. Previously, he founded Leland Partners, Inc. Earlier in his career, Rick was a Senior Vice President at a regional boutique search firm located in Chicago. On the corporate side, he served as Vice President of Human Resources for CCC Information  Services, one of the largest providers of information services and software to the automotive insurance industry. He also led the human resource function at System  Software Associates (SSA), a leading provider of MRP software. His earlier human resources career involved a number of both corporate and divisional management roles at  Baxter Healthcare.

Rick holds degrees in Management and Psychology from Purdue University and is certified in Hogan’s three core personality-based assessments. He has served on a number of civic boards and has been active in coaching and directing youth sports.