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At McDermott + Bull we have been redefining expectations of executive search since 2001. Rather than focus on a transaction, we focus on what matters most to you and your team: strategic alignment and long term relationships. We want to get to know you, your needs, and your goals so we can find the best fit for your company and culture.

We’re not going to fill a job; you can do that on your own. We’re going to bring you a game changer to challenge the norm. We look forward to partnering with you.


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We understand the urgency of your search for qualified candidates. We respond quickly yet thoroughly to find the best selection of candidates in your industry, so you can fill crucial leadership roles to keep your company moving forward.

We take the time to understand your organization, from the core values and culture to the quarterly performance objectives. We meet with peers, superiors and subordinates to fully understand all the dynamics of your organization.

We provide more than just candidates. In instances where you are looking for information about the talent in your market, including current compensation and experience levels, McDermott + Bull provides you with a wealth of market intelligence.

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News Briefings

McDermott + Bull Tapped by Goodwill Industries of Orange County to Find CFO

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has been engaged to lead the chief financial officer search for Goodwill Industries of Orange County (Goodwill of OC). The assignment will be led by McDermott + Bull co-founder and managing partner Chris Bull, partner Jeff Black, and director Sara Pizarro. “We feel privileged to partner once again with Goodwill of Orange County

The Case for Promoting Women 

From negotiating pay to combating biases and non-inclusive workspaces, women face a variety of challenges in proving their worth in the workplace. Yet, there is an abundant and growing amount of research that substantiates that companies with women in leadership positions are more innovative and make more money. A new report from McDermott + Bull reveals

McDermott + Bull Places CTO at loanDepot 

Demand for top technology executives continues to gain momentum. Chief technology officer hiring, in fact, is expected to grow 18 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull recently placed Bill Wied as chief technology officer at loanDepot. The assignment was completed by McDermott + Bull co-founder

How to Get Talent Assessment Right

You may have wondered what talent assessment tools are and how effective they can be in the hiring process. According to a new report by McDermott & Bull, employers like them because they can reduce the time and cost of recruiting new staff and can result in increased productivity, cost savings and better retention among top

Press Releases

McDermott + Bull Expands Into the Industrial Space and Calgary With the Addition of New Principal

CALGARY, CA (May 18, 2021) – Faye Laviolette joins McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, as a Principal based in the firm’s new Calgary office. With over 15 years of experience in executive search and human resources, Faye will lead the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice in Canada and will

McDermott + Bull Lane Tobiassen as President of Buck Knives, Inc. USA

IRVINE, CA (XXX, 2021) – McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Lane Tobiassen as the President of Buck Knives, Inc. USA. Lane will take the helm of companywide leadership for all core business elements, including sales, marketing, finance, product development, and operations. He will be tasked with accelerating growth and further strengthening the iconic Buck Knives brand

McDermott + Bull Places Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, OpenRoad Auto Group

by McDermott + Bull | Apr 19, 2021 | Canada, Canada Placement Announcement, Heather Cameron, Mackenzie Jones, Paul Gibbons, Paul Gibbons Placement Announcement, Placement Announcement McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Tahir Ayub as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at OpenRoad Auto Group. Tahir will oversee the financial, accounting, and treasury services

McDermott + Bull Places Chief Medical Officer, NKMax America, Inc.

by McDermott + Bull | Apr 15, 2021 | Chris Bull, Ken Dropiewski, Placement Announcement McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Steven Cha as the Chief Medical Officer at NKMax America, Inc. Steven will provide leadership and direction for the company’s pipeline of clinical development programs in cellular therapy. He will be a key member

McDermott + Bull Places President and Chief Operating Officer, Securiguard

by McDermott + Bull | Apr 14, 2021 | Canada, Canada Placement Announcement, Mackenzie Jones, Paul Gibbons, Paul Gibbons Placement Announcement, Placement Announcement McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Robin Chakrabarti as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Securiguard. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Robin will play a pivotal role in