McDermott + Bull Names Chief Operating Officer


October 27, 2020 – Top leadership appointments have been gaining traction at executive search firms over the past year. Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott + Bull recently appointed Angela Anderson to chief operating officer, where she will continue to build and scale the firm’s infrastructure and support its expansion.

“Angela has worked side by side with me for most of her 11 years at the firm, and she has been instrumental in the development of many of our innovative service offerings and search methodologies, including our adoption of lean six sigma processes and our McDermott + Bull interim leaders business,” said Rod McDermott, co-founder and CEO of McDermott + Bull. “Her dedication to delivering the highest quality service solutions and the best outcomes to our clients has made her an indispensable partner to all divisions within our companies. We look forward to furthering the growth of our businesses as well as our continuous improvement initiatives under her leadership.”

Ms. Anderson started at McDermott + Bull in 2009 as a senior recruiting associate and has been promoted six times during her tenure. “Her professional growth not only serves as a testament to the role she’s played in the firm’s success, but it also serves as an example of the firm’s commitment to the career development and growth of its employees,” McDermott + Bull said. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Anderson acquired several years of staffing and business development experience as a senior account executive and recruiter for a boutique staffing firm in San Diego, CA.

As COO, Ms. Anderson will provide strategic leadership for search execution, human resources and operations, and she will oversee all of the firm’s technology, legal and compliance needs.

Over the years, Ms. Anderson has spearheaded the firm’s technology transformation to streamline operations and integrate the firm’s multiple divisions. She has also been responsible for co-facilitating the firm’s LEAN certification, assisting in the creation of the diversity and inclusion committee, and revising integral human resources policies like maternity and paternity leave. In 2011, she launched the McDermott + Bull interim leaders division alongside Mr. McDermott.

“I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to lead this dynamic and passionate group of professionals at McDermott +Bull. In my 11 years with the firm, I’ve witnessed and participated in the company’s evolution to become the mission-driven organization it is today,” said Ms. Anderson. “Our mantra ‘We’re Pro You’ demonstrates the focus the firm has fostered to create solutions and best outcomes for our clients, candidates, and employees alike. As COO, I’m committed to creating opportunity and development with diversity, equity and inclusion top of mind to continue to inspire our team to challenge the norm and bring new ideas to the surface.”

McDermott + Bull serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech and life sciences, retail and professional services sectors. Since the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, the firm has met both the permanent and interim needs of its clients. The firm has served a range of domestic and global mobility clients, including MNX Global Logistics, AAA, Panasonic Corp., United Pacific Industries, Hyundai Capital America, Denso, Mitsubishi Motors, Delta Electronics and SAIC Motor.

During the summer, McDermott + Bull added former HR executive Alisa Nagle as a managing director to drive the firm’s global industrial, automotive and mobility practice. Based in Detroit, she also plays a critical role in launching the firm’s office in the region.

Ms. Nagle has spent over 25 years as a human capital leader and transformation business partner. As a former chief human resources officer and head of human resources, she excels in identifying and assessing top leadership talent to achieve game-changing transformation, growth, and success for her clients in the industrial sector.

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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