McDermott & Bull Names Retail Practice Head

June 28, 2016 – Irvine, CA-based executive recruiter McDermott & Bull has named Stu Leibach as principal consultant and leader of its retail practice.

Mr. Leibach has over 25 years of executive retail experience in both private and publicly held companies. He began his career as co-founder of eSpecialty Brands, based in Chicago, which he sold to a public company.

After that, he joined Destination Maternity Corporation, where he held key executive positions in retail, marketing, merchandising, store design, and construction. As vice president of marketing, he introduced the concept of celebrity relationships and launched exclusive lines with Heidi Klum and Nicole Richie. These partnerships provided a springboard for the company’s social media and blogger campaigns. In his most recent role as head of retail, Mr. Leibac 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.

“We’re delighted to have someone with Stu’s extensive retail business and leadership experience join our team and represent McDermott & Bull as we expand our firm and build on the successful relationships that we’ve already developed with leading retail and consumer products companies,” said managing partner Rod McDermott. “Stu is well known and highly respected for his leadership, extensive retail background, passion for people, and his enthusiasm for transforming and adapting organizations to a retail world undergoing constant change. His proven ability to build highly effective teams in both private and public companies will serve our clients well.”


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“I am very excited to join McDermott & Bull and contribute to the solid foundation the firm has established,” said Mr. Leibach. “As a former business owner and retail executive, I understand first hand the importance of identifying and placing the right talent who can meet business challenges and deliver long term shareholder value. Through personal connections and industry knowledge, I can access candidates whose leadership inspires high performance to meet the needs of the fast and ever changing pace of retail and its consumers.”

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.

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

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