About Us

McDermott & Bull has been redefining expectations within the world of executive search since 2001. The firm’s practice leaders, all of whom have substantial executive experience, are uniquely positioned to address the dynamic leadership demands of public and private companies across nearly every industry. With the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, McDermott & Bull is powerfully equipped to service both the permanent and interim needs of its clients.

Respected companies including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Chicken of the Sea, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, as well as portfolio companies owned by private equity firms such as Riverside Company, Sun Capital Partners, ClearLight Partners, Swander Pace Capital, Chicago Growth Partners, and Riordan, Lewis & Hayden, have all partnered with McDermott & Bull.

Additionally, the firm’s Executive Network program provides valuable resources for and offers opportunities to build meaningful relationships with thousands of C-Suite and VP-level executives throughout the country.


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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.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Competing in the War for Talent

With the arrival of spring, 2019 is looking to be another strong year for the executive search industry. A recently released report by Bullhorn found that 79 percent of recruiting firms expect revenues to increase this year. To succeed going forward, recruiting firms must be innovative to compete in the war for skilled talent. Stuart

Employers Look to Continue Hiring Plans

U.S. employers are expecting hiring to pick up in the second quarter, with 24 percent of employers planning to add staff, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released today by ManpowerGroup. Employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors are looking for headcount to grow. This is the seventh consecutive year of double-digit hiring outlooks in

McDermott & Bull Adds Talent Acquisition Director

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has expanded with the addition of Heather Cameron as director of talent acquisition and operations. She is expected to play a pivotal role in the firm’s expansion in which she will be responsible for leading internal hiring, overseeing operations and supporting the executive search practice in Canada. Ms. Cameron will also be

McDermott & Bull Finds CEO for Goodwill Industries of Orange County

Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull has placed Nicole Suydam as the new president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Orange County. The search was conducted by managing partner Chris Bull, along with partner Jeff Black and senior recruiting associate Brian Selvey. “Nicole Suydam is the ideal candidate to lead Goodwill of Orange County into their next

Press Releases

McDermott & Bull Launches CFO Search for Nationally Recognized Nonprofit Employer

IRVINE, California, December 21, 2018 – Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has initiated a nationwide search for a Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of PRIDE Industries. One of the country’s largest nonprofit employers of people with disabilities, PRIDE provides outsourcing solutions to meet the service and manufacturing needs of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. The socially responsible

McDermott & Bull Finds President & CEO for Korean Telematics Leader

IRVINE, California, December 10, 2018 – Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has placed Robert Martin as the new President and CEO of Suntech International USA in Vista, CA.  The successful appointment comes after an extensive nationwide search was conducted for a leader with deep expertise in the telematics space. The executive search was conducted by Principal Consultant,

McDermott & Bull Interim Leaders Places Interim Project Management Officer at National Insurance Company

IRVINE, California, December 3, 2018 – McDermott & Bull Interim Leaders (MBIL) is pleased to announce the successful appointment of an interim Project Management Officer with a billion-dollar national insurance company. This interim leader search was led by Rebecca Miller, Senior Managing Director. The company’s IT department saw an opportunity to improve their project time management and rate

McDermott & Bull Finds Vice President of Construction for TL Fab

IRVINE, California, May 10, 2018 – McDermott & Bull is pleased to announce the successful appointment of John Pavacik as Vice President of Construction with TL Fab, one of the largest and most respected structural steel and miscellaneous steel fabricators in Southern California. This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner; Rob

McDermott & Bull Recruits Chief Financial Officer for Paciolan

IRVINE, CA, May 4, 2018 – McDermott & Bull is pleased to announce the successful appointment of Kim Boren as Chief Financial Officer with Paciolan, a leader in ticketing, fundraising, marketing, and analytics solutions. This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Rod McDermott, CEO; Jared Moriarty, Principal Consultant; and Michael Finegold, Recruiting Associate at McDermott