Comhar Partners Announces New Chairman Role

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Comhar Partners, a recognized national leader in retained executive search, has appointed Art Davidson to be the firm’s first official Chairman.

Comhar Partners is excited to announce that veteran search consultant and managing director, Art Davidson, has agreed to become the firm’s non-executive chairman effective January 1, 2021. After over 20 years as a Human Resources executive with organizations that include General Motors, Tenneco, White Motor, and Midland Ross, Art began his career in executive search at Spencer Stuart in 1986. He has extensive experience conducting searches for C-Suite and senior functional management, as well as board of director assignments.

“As Art approached me about his next chapter, it occurred to me that we had a need for one of our leaders to be the champion for our clients and candidates,” said Bernard Layton, founder and managing director of Comhar Partners. “The role of Chairman is not only to help guide and direct our partners and staff, but to be the voice of our clients and candidates on how we can be the best we can,” added J. James O’Malley, co-founder and managing director.

Art will continue to support select clients in executing searches in the manufacturing, engineering, and financial services sectors. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is a member of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment (IACPR), and has served on the board of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

Comhar Partners is a recognized national leader in retained executive search, professional recruiting and talent advisory services. Comhar, derived from the Gaelic word meaning “collaboration,” was formed with the intention of providing recruiting expertise in deep partnership with the client in order to solve talent management challenges. Comhar Partners is headquartered in Chicago with specialized recruiting consultants based in 6 offices across the United States.

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