McDermott + Bull Adds Advisor to Help Lead Expansion in Germany

May 15, 2023 – McDermott + Bull recently expanded with the addition of Hans Matthijsse as an advisory board member in Europe with a focus on the consumer brands, retail, and hospitality industries. His primarily focus is to serve the German market, playing a leading role in expanding the firm’s footprint and services across the region. “We are thrilled to welcome Hans to the McDermott + Bull team in Europe,” said Norbert Meijer, managing partner of McDermott + Bull. “His experience in various business development and senior leadership roles, paired with his advisory background for large, international clients, will enable him to consult and attract game-changing talent on behalf of companies across Europe.”

Mr. Matthijsse has over 30 years of global experience in a wide range of industries including hospitality and leisure, food manufacturing, retail, and consumer goods. Additionally, he has served as a member of various advisory boards for startups, private equity firms, and publicly and privately held companies. “His deep consulting experience, strong leadership background, and international relationships will play a crucial role in his success at the firm,” McDermott + Bull said.

Mr. Matthijsse has held a variety of impactful senior leadership roles throughout his career. He served as CEO for Lieken AG, CEO for Nordsee GmbH, and chief operating officer for Köllmann AG. Additionally, he worked for the Royal Dutch Airlines as well as the Dutch ministry of defense after completing his degree at the Hotel Management School Maastricht (HMSM) — part of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

“I am excited to join McDermott + Bull Europe as we expand our executive search services across the German market,” said Mr. Matthijsse. “There has been significant movement and organizational growth in the region, so I am eager to leverage my experience and the tools and resources from McDermott + Bull to fill a crucial need.”

Irvine, CA-based McDermott + Bull provides mission-critical permanent executive placement and interim solutions for a range of domestic and global clients. The firm serves private and public companies, private equity firms and their operating companies across multiple industries, including technology, financial services, biotech and life sciences, and professional services.

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Rod McDermott, co-founder and CEO, has worked with leading companies in financial services, healthcare, aviation and aerospace, and technology, including Honeywell, Bombardier, Boeing, Cirrus, Silverado Senior Living, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust (now Union Bank), and First Republic.

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 2023, he says he feels that he can speak for the search industry, not just McDermott + Bull, as he has relationships with many individuals across the firm’s various global search competitors. “As I believe most are keenly aware, what we have experienced with executive recruiting over the past two years has been historic in nature,” said Mr. Bull in a recent report. “Most firms within the search industry have been at or, in many cases, over capacity since Q4 2020.”

Chris Bull, co-founder and managing partner of McDermott + Bull, brings over 20 years of experience in retained executive search. He has a track record of partnering with client organizations to deliver talent with private and public companies, private equity firms, and their operating companies.

Recent Growth

McDermott + Bull recently expanded into Texas and Tennessee with the additions 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,” the search firm said. “Craig and Brian’s previous experience throughout these regions offers the firm deep knowledge, expertise, and relationships across the South. As a result, they present an incredible opportunity to connect with high-quality candidates and provide successful consultative services to new clients across the nation.”

“We are excited by the addition of Craig Rickard and Brian Cox,” said Mr. McDermott. “With these two key hires, we will be expanding our footprint geographically and strengthening our ability to serve the emerging technology, biotech, manufacturing, and energy sectors. Both Craig and Brian have a track record of exemplary search performance due to their deep industry expertise and commitment to their communities and clients.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media


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