McDermott & Bull Names Life Sciences Practice Leader

December 5, 2016 – Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has named Jake Vander Zanden as principal consultant and leader of its life sciences practice. Mr. Vander Zanden brings more than 25 years of life sciences industry experience, including 15 years in a variety of senior global roles with Allergan Pharmaceuticals. He has a proven track record of driving growth and completing turnarounds for companies like Medtronic, Lumenis, and Hoya Surgical Optics.

He founded VANDER ZANDEN Group in 2006, an international consultancy that helped companies expand their businesses in a variety of international markets. Most recently, Mr. Vander Zanden was chief commercial officer at Presbia, where he helped to both launch and grow the company, as well as complete a $50 million IPO.

Mr. Vander Zanden is an expert in residence at applied innovation at the University of California, Irvine. He is a past board member for Prevent Blindness America, and a coordinator for Meals-in-a-Box, an organization which provides food and aid for veterans and their families.

“We are delighted to welcome Jake to the McDermott & Bull team,” said Rod McDermott, the search firm’s co-founder and managing partner. “His experience growing and scaling companies, as well as his passion for developing people and building teams, will be a huge asset for us, especially during our next phase of growth.”


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Continued Expansion

McDermott & Bull is the 29th largest executive search firm and listed as this year’s fastest growing on Hunt Scanlon’s Top 50 Recruiter rankings. The firm serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech & life sciences, retail, and professional services sectors.

In October, the firm expanded into the Denver region with the addition of Theron Makley as principal consultant. His practice focuses on serving technology clients in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. The appointment extends McDermott & Bull’s reach further into the surrounding Front Range areas, including Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs.

Just recently, McDermott & Bull also named Stu Leibach as principal consultant and leader of its retail practice. With over 25 years of executive retail experience in both private and publicly held companies, he previously served as head of retail, where he led and managed over 1,500 retail locations throughout North America, including 550 locations in Macy’s Department Stores, generating over $500 million annual revenue.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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