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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 Places CHRO for Williston Financial Group

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Heather Krablin as senior  vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Williston Financial Group (WFG), a leading provider of homeowner title insurance and related lender services for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Chris Bull, managing partner and co-founder of the search firm, led

The State of Executive Recruiting in 2020

Cautious optimism seems to be the consensus among business leaders and executive recruiters heading into 2020. Although some pundits are predicting a dramatic and near-term market correction, supporting data is decidedly mixed. Changes in expectations for 2020 include: U.S. economic growth is expected to range from 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent, likely down from the 1.9

McDermott + Bull Recruits CEO for Panasonic Avionics

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has assisted in the placement of Ken Sain as CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corp. He succeeds Hideo Nakano, who has served as the company’s CEO since 2017 and as deputy CEO prior to that. The assignment was led by CEO Rod McDermott, managing director Jared Moriarty, vice president Brent Lamb and director Michael

McDermott + Bull Expands to San Francisco and Dallas

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has expanded with the addition of new offices San Francisco and Dallas. Within the last three years, the firm has broadened its reach throughout the U.S. and internationally, including the opening of offices in Canada and Europe. Linda Sierra, managing director in San Francisco, and Jeff Katon, managing director in Dallas,

Press Releases

Mcdermott + Bull Welcomes New Managing Director In San Diego

  IRVINE, CA (February 24, 2020) – Mark Sanborn joins McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, as a Managing Director in San Diego, California. Mark will play a crucial role in attracting and securing game changing leadership for his clients with a focus in the aerospace and defense, industrial, automotive and CPG sectors. “We

McDermott + Bull Places Ken Sain as Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Irvine, CA – December 11, 2019 – McDermott + Bull has placed Ken Sain as the Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communications systems. Sain holds 25 years of cross-functional leadership and management consulting experience in the aviation industry. He has a strong track record as

McDermott + Bull Accelerates Growth Strategy with North American Expansion

Irvine, CA – September 17, 2019 – McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, has expanded its footprint into San Francisco and Dallas, strengthening its presence in two new markets for the firm. Within the last three years, the firm has broadened its reach throughout the U.S. and internationally, including the opening

McDermott + Bull Expands Vancouver Office with Addition of Principal

Vancouver, BC – September 23, 2019 – McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, has expanded its growing presence in Canada with the addition of Principal Alex Verdecchia. Alex will play an instrumental role in developing the firm’s service offering in the higher education, public sector and NPO spaces across North

McDermott + Bull has been engaged to lead the CEO Search for L Squared Capital Partners and Raptor Scientific

Newport Beach, CA – September 10, 2019 – As announced in a press released from L Squared Capital Partners: “L Squared Capital Partners [has announced] that it has committed $60 million of equity to Raptor Scientific, LLC to pursue an aggressive M&A strategy consolidating the highly fragmented Aerospace & Defense-focused testing and measurement market. Raptor