Patrick Friel


Managing Partner

Executive Search Experience

For almost 20 years, Pat has provided executive search and leadership advisory services to a broad range of clients. Before joining Lochlin Partners, he served as the Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington office and was a key member of the firm’s senior leadership team. Pat began his search career with a boutique firm in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Pat works extensively with clients in government, technology and professional services organizations, trade and membership associations and nonprofits, helping these clients build world-class management teams. Within client organizations, Pat provides particular expertise in recruiting senior executives in the areas of financial management (Chief Financial Officers, Controllers, Tax and Audit leadership) and general management (Chief Executive Officers and General Managers).

“When you spend enough time in an industry you see better ways to do things. At Lochlin we’ve been able to revisit executive search from the client’s perspective—what matters to them most. It’s incredibly gratifying when you see that your ideas come to fruition and have an impact.” – Pat Friel

Other Experience

Pat began his career in local government, working in land planning and economic development in Tidewater, Virginia. Pat is an active fundraiser for the Susan B. Komen Foundation and serves on the Washington Advisory Board of Back on My Feet, a charitable organization that seeks to address homelessness through running.


Pat graduated from Frostburg State University with a BS in Urban Geography and Cartography.  He serves on the advisory board of the College of Business at his alma mater.