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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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Leveraging deep vertical experience, innovative thinking, and proven time-saving methodologies, we challenge the norm and thrive in the recruitment of difficult-to-find VP to C-Suite executive talent. We value a personalized service model while having the resources and capabilities of the world’s largest search firms. With experienced partners in the United States, Canada, and Europe, we are the trusted retained search advisor for empowering change on behalf of private and public companies, nonprofit organizations, private equity firms, and their operating companies.


We are a unique, personalized, and urgent service that places performance focused senior-level executives into consultative roles to manage business challenges and opportunities during a time of transformation. The interim leader talent pool consists of senior-level professionals across a diverse functional spectrum who meet the rigorous qualifications to work on time-sensitive engagements. We specialize in placing finance, technology, human resources, and operations functions.

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News Briefings

McDermott + Bull Recruits CFO for Leonid Capital Partners

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has assisted in the recruitment of Ian Holroyd as the new CFO for Leonid Capital Partners. This search was led by McDermott + Bull president Brandon Biegenzahn, managing director Courtney Dorrel, and executive recruiter Rachel Camonayan. Mr. Holroyd brings over 29 years of accounting and finance leadership experience within the financial services industry. He

McDermott + Bull Recruits CFO for 1st Capital Bancorp

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has assisted in the recruitment of Joel Keller as executive vice president and chief financial officer of 1st Capital Bancorp and 1st Capital Bank in Salinas, CA. The search was completed by McDermott + Bull president Brandon Biegenzahn, managing director Courtney Dorrel, and executive recruiter Mary Heiman. “I am pleased to welcome

Strategic Talent Acquisition Planning in 2024

In the competitive landscape of talent acquisition and executive-level hiring, having a well-curated strategic plan is crucial. With the year coming to a close, a new report from McDermott + Bull’s Jason Levi Pinegar explains that it becomes pivotal to map out an executive hiring and human capital strategy for 2024 to ensure sustained success,

McDermott + Bull Recruits Chief Risk Officer for Bank of the Sierra

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has recruited Natalia Coen as executive vice president and chief risk officer at Bank of the Sierra. The search was completed by McDermott + Bull president Brandon Biegenzahn, managing director Courtney Dorrel, and senior executive recruiter Rachel Loye. “We are overjoyed to add Natalia to the team at Bank of the Sierra,” said Kevin

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McDermott + Bull Announces Strategic Expansion in New York with the Addition of Technology-Focused Managing Director

NEW YORK, NY, September 27, 2023 – McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, has expanded its growing presence in the New York market with the addition of Noelle Swan as Managing Director. With an extensive background in information, communication and technology (ICT), networking, and cybersecurity, Noelle’s unmatched expertise and commitment to understanding

McDermott + Bull Expands Services in the Aviation, Aerospace, + Defense Sector With the Addition of New Managing Director

IRVINE, CA (September 7, 2023) – Aaron Griffin joins McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, as a Managing Director supporting the expansion of the firm’s Aviation, Aerospace, + Defense Practice. With over 10 years of experience in executive search, Aaron’s global executive network and deep expertise enables him to provide world-class talent for his

McDermott + Bull Announces the Promotion of Michael Finegold to Partner

IRVINE, CA (March 9, 2023) – McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, has announced the promotion of Michael Finegold to Partner, where he will continue to drive the expansion of the firm’s Industrial Practice. Since joining McDermott + Bull in 2016, Michael has played a critical role in establishing the

McDermott + Bull Expands into Texas and Tennessee with the Addition of Two Managing Directors

IRVINE, CA (February 7, 2023) – McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, expands into two key markets with the addition of Craig Rickard and Brian Cox as Managing Directors. As organizational growth booms in Texas and Tennessee, these hotspots offer a valuable opportunity for the firm to serve markets in need. Craig and Brian’s previous

McDermott + Bull Interim Leaders Welcomes New Managing Director

IRVINE, CA (November 7, 2022) –  Philip Spellman joins McDermott + Bull Interim Leaders, the trusted partner for time-sensitive interim solutions, as a Managing Director in the California Bay Area. With more than 15 years of experience in professional services organizations, Philip will be instrumental in partnering with clients to provide interim solutions that address


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Fair Market Compensation for Recruiting Transformative Talent
What We Measure
Case Study: When Good Talent Is Hard to Find — A Tale of Two Candidates
Unlocking Success at the Top: The 7 Essential Talent Acquisition Strategies for Executive Leadership
Investor Insights with Ken Dropiewski
Measure Up Monday
An Inclusion + Belonging Story
What Keeps You on Top: Chapter 7
Leading Through Uncertainty: The COVID Executive Officer
A New Level of Innovation Post-COVID-19: Insights from Business Leaders
Getting Familiar with Interim Roles
The Value of Special Reports

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Life Sciences + Healthcare 2021 State of the Market for Executive Hiring
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