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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

A ‘Historic’ Past Two Years and What’s Coming for 2023

With almost 25 years of experience in retained executive search, Chris Bull, co-founder and managing partner of executive search firm McDermott + Bull, is often asked what his firm is seeing in the market and what he expects moving forward. In summarizing what he has seen over the last 24 months, and making predictions for

The Benefits of Having a Diverse Skill-Set

Regardless of industry, size, or goals, every organization will face its own set of ongoing challenges, from new competitors and market fluctuations, to media scrutiny, to evolving technologies. A leadership team and board that embraces a diverse combination of skill-sets and perspectives is better equipped to navigate challenges as they arise. A recent analysis by

The CEO’s Role in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is on a lot of people’s minds, and many chief executive officers are struggling to figure out where they fit within this. The CEO’s responsibility is to serve as the heartbeat of an organization, driving culture from the top down, owning and meeting key business objectives, and influencing internal and external stakeholders to

The High Demand for Higher Education Leaders Continues

With a new school year approaching, a number of top colleges and universities have announced they are seeking new, high profile leaders to take them into new eras of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, in some cases, globalization. Several universities haven’t changed leaders in years or even decades, and their boards of trustees and search committees

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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

McDermott + Bull Places General Counsel + Corporate Secretary, Washington Trust Bank

(April 4, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed John Eagan as the General Counsel + Corporate Secretary for Washington Trust Bank. John will oversee the legal department responsible for leading the bank’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives and providing legal advice and counsel to bank management and the board of directors. John joins Washington Trust

McDermott + Bull Places Vice President of Consumer Lending, Valley Strong Credit Union

(April 1, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Joshua Fetting as Vice President of Consumer Lending at Valley Strong Credit Union. As Head of Consumer Lending, Joshua will be charged with driving the growth of Valley Strong’s consumer loan portfolio by creating a frictionless member experience. Joshua will provide leadership to the consumer lending

McDermott + Bull Places Corporate Controller, United Pacific

(March 24, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Michael Lee as Corporate Controller at private equity-backed United Pacific. Reporting to the CFO, Michael will be charged with overseeing the accounting department, including inventory, A/P, A/R, payroll, tax, and general ledger accounting. He will communicate clearly and effectively to senior management and operations personnel, lead successful

McDermott + Bull Places Chief Financial Officer, Lugano Diamonds

(March 24, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Mike McGee as Chief Financial Officer at private equity-backed Lugano Diamonds. Mike will be charged with ensuring tactical execution of the CEO’s strategic vision, while partnering with the leadership team and board. He will have direct supervision of the finance and accounting function, including creating and


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