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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 Community West Bank

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull has placed Richard Pimentel as chief financial officer at Community West Bank. He will serve in this capacity for both the bank and the holding company, and he will oversee both accounting and finance, as well as investor relations. He succeeds Susan Thompson, who recently transitioned to SVP, interim SEC reporting manager. The search

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

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McDermott + Bull Places Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, MacEwan University

(March 23, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Dr. David Danto as Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies at MacEwan University. In this new role, David will work with faculty, staff, and university members to develop innovative new certificates, diplomas, and degrees to ensure graduates are competitive and relevant, differentiating the Faculty of

McDermott + Bull Places Chief Retail Officer, Valley Strong Credit Union

(March 22, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Lindsey Strange as Chief Retail Officer at Valley Strong Credit Union. Lindsey will lead all market-facing segments of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, including over 200 team members across 27 branches. Lindsey is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School and brings 20 years of retail and business banking experience

McDermott + Bull Places Vice President, Bluerock

(March 14, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Andrew Albano as Vice President at Bluerock. Andrew will be involved in the nationwide expansion of the firm’s portfolio across multiple strategies, including single family rental (SFR), multifamily, industrial, and other investment strategies. He will primarily be responsible for leading the execution of new transactions. Andrew

McDermott + Bull Places Director of Investments, Healthpeak Properties

(March 7, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Jean Rho as Director of Investments at Healthpeak Properties. Jean will be responsible for assessing real estate investments across all Healthpeak strategies. She will also be involved with the acquisition, disposition, redevelopment, and development of properties throughout the United States.   Jean brings over a decade of

McDermott + Bull Places Two Vice Presidents of Operations, Private Equity-Backed Specialty Dental Brands

(March 1, 2022) McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Ivan Velazquez and John Harrington as Vice President of Operations for private equity-backed Specialty Dental Brands, a Leon Capital Group portfolio company. Both Ivan and John will oversee the day-to-day operations of a growing number of affiliated dental practices within their regions. They will be responsible


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