McDermott + Bull Expands into Texas and Tennessee
February 16, 2023 – Search firm McDermott + Bull has 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 Rod McDermott, co-founder and CEO of McDermott + Bull. “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.”
Mr. Rickard joins McDermott + Bull in the Texas region, where he will lead client engagement, talent assessment, and internal execution initiatives for the firm’s manufacturing, energy, and sustainability practice. He will leverage his nearly two decades of search experience across diverse sectors to deliver game-changing, consultative leaders to organizations across the nation. His experience includes recruiting on behalf of large public companies and small to mid-sized private businesses.
“The McDermott + Bull recruiting process, rooted in Lean Six Sigma, brings incredible value to my clients,” said Mr. Rickard. “Our team brings a fresh and urgent approach to recruiting, a deep network, exceptional service, and over 20 years of strong relationships to serve our energy and manufacturing clients. I appreciate the firm’s commitment to supporting its people by offering everything they will need to deliver the best outcome for clients.”
Mr. Cox has over 20 years of experience as an HR leader, with a focus on talent acquisition and management for high-growth, organizations. He joins McDermott + Bull’s emerging technology + life sciences practice in the Tennessee area, where he will help companies with vital, future-focused missions find talent for critical executive roles. His previous experience includes helping organizations in various stages, from start-ups to Fortune 50, strategically shape themselves through their talent and people function.
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“The opportunity to blend my deep industry experience with the tools and resources provided by McDermott + Bull is incredible,” said Mr. Cox. “I am honored to be a part of an organization devoted to developing its people and delivering transcending client and candidate experiences.”
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.
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.”
Mr. McDermott 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.
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.
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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