November 10, 2017 – Executive search firm McDermott & Bull has expanded into New York City. Stu Leibach, principal consultant and industry specialist within the firm’s retail practice, will be based out of the new location. He will continue to partner with clients regionally and nationally.
“Now more than ever, identifying the right executive talent is critical to success in the modern retail landscape,” said Mr. Leibach. “My presence in New York City will allow me to readily partner with and satisfy the human capital needs of both established and emerging retail companies. My recent work with Ulta Beauty and Athena Cosmetics has reinforced the importance of effective partnership in finding high-impact talent.”
Mr. Leibach’s practice expertise includes specialty retail, omni-channel, e-commerce, digital, luxury retail, experiential retail, department store retail and big-box retail. Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, he was head of retail at A Pea in a Pod, Motherhood, and Destination Maternity.
Technology continues to bring innovation and creativity to the industry, providing customers more access to merchandise than ever before, said McDermott & Bull. As competitive demand for this retail transformation continues to grow, so too does the demand for smart, entrepreneurial leadership at all levels, according to the firm.
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Silicon Alley, as it is known, is the East Coast’s answer to northern California’s Silicon Valley. It encompasses the New York City metropolitan region’s high technology industries involved in the Internet, new media, telecommunications, digital media, software development, biotechnology, game design, financial technology and other fields within information technology. Typically, the enterprises are supported by the entrepreneurship ecosystem and venture capital investments.
“Our firm is committed to strengthening our presence in markets throughout the nation and globally to optimally serve our clients,” said Rod McDermott, CEO and co-founder of McDermott & Bull. “We’re confident that our presence in New York City will greatly benefit our firm and our clients’ critical need for senior leadership in the industries in which they do business.”
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McDermott & Bull is the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas, where it serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech & life sciences, retail, and professional services sectors.
The firm recently named Brandon Biegenzahn as its new president. Mr. Biegenzahn has been one of the top producers at McDermott & Bull for several years and leads the firm’s financial institutions practice. In his role as president, he plays a critical part in the onboarding and mentoring of new principal consultants at McDermott & Bull as the search firm sets out on an ambitious expansion of its business in the U.S. and overseas
This C-suite promotion follows on the heels of expansion at the firm. Earlier this year, it launched McDermott & Bull Europe B.V. via the acquisition of Amsterdam-based Interconsultants Executive Search. Interconsultants was founded by Jetse Reijenga in 1984 and has completed hundreds of search assignments for European and global clients, including Ricoh, Avery Dennison, Samsung, and Tech Data. Mr. Reijenga plans to stay involved with McDermott & Bull Europe as a consultant and business development advisor. The firm has a well-established executive team, including Milo Zegerius and Norbert Meijer.
Recently, Jake Vander Zanden was named as a principal consultant and leader of the firm’s life sciences practice. Mr. Vander Zanden brings more than 25 years of life sciences industry experience, including 15 years in a variety of senior global roles with Allergan Pharmaceuticals.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media