Interim Human Resources Project Manager Appointed by MB Interim Leaders at Southern California-Based Semiconductor Company

August 26th, 2016

IRVINE, California, August 26, 2016 – MB Interim Leaders (MBIL) announced the successful appointment of the interim Human Resources Project Manager at a publicly-traded semiconductor company providing solutions for broadband communications.

With multiple global acquisitions on the horizon, the Southern California-based business had an urgent need for an experienced Human Resources professional with international acquisition expertise.  The company contacted Rebecca Miller, MBIL’s VP of Sales, to request an HR leader; within one week, the interim leader was interviewed and started her assignment shortly thereafter.

The interim HR Project Manager has over 25 years of experience as a Human Resources professional at leading organizations such as GE Capital, Sirius XM Radio, and Citigroup.  She has extensive acquisition experience, such as executing a United States M&A HR roadmap to IPO, building out an end-to-end talent management process, and transforming a single-product service model to a multi-product sales organization through acquisitions.

About McDermott & Bull

Established by McDermott & Bull in 2011, MB Interim Leaders is the definitive interim executive leadership resource for companies seeking to address immediate challenges.  McDermott & Bull has been redefining expectations within the world of executive search since 2001, and the advent of MB Interim Leaders powerfully equips the firm to service both the temporary and permanent needs of its clients.  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.  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.

MB Interim Leaders Finds Interim Head of Human Resources for Los Angeles-Based Video Entertainment Network Company

August 25th, 2016

IRVINE, California, August 25, 2016 — MB Interim Leaders (MBIL) is pleased to announce the placement of the interim Head of Human Resources at a privately-held video entertainment network company located in Los Angeles, CA.

Rebecca Miller, MBIL’s VP of Sales, received a call from the organization requesting an interim HR leader due to the resignation of the incumbent.  The timing was crucial, as in order for an interim leader to effectively aid in the transition, it was necessary to place a candidate before the incumbent’s departure.  Within one week of receiving the first phone call, the interim Head of HR was hired and working on-site.

The interim leader has eighteen years of experience as the VP of Human Resources and Chief People Officer for industry-leading organizations such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Exponential Interactive, and United Online.  She has a strong track record with succession planning, organizational development, and leadership at high-growth companies and global business enterprises.

About McDermott & Bull

Established by McDermott & Bull in 2011, MB Interim Leaders is the definitive interim executive leadership resource for companies seeking to address immediate challenges.  McDermott & Bull has been redefining expectations within the world of executive search since 2001, and the advent of MB Interim Leaders powerfully equips the firm to service both the temporary and permanent needs of its clients.  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.  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.

MB Interim Leaders Places Interim Chief Information Security Officer at Automobile Insurance Agency

August 23rd, 2016

IRVINE, California, August 23, 2016MB Interim Leaders (MBIL) is pleased to announce the successful appointment of the interim CISO at one of the nation’s largest automobile insurance agencies.

Rebecca Miller, who serves as MBIL’s VP of Sales, was made aware of the agency’s urgent need for a Chief Information Security Officer due to the incumbent submitting his resignation.  In order for the interim leader to effectively aid in the transition, it was crucial to find a service industry-experienced replacement prior to the incumbent’s exit.  Within a few days of hearing about the opportunity, MBIL’s interim Chief Information Security Officer was hired and placed on-site.

The interim leader in question has over fourteen years of experience serving as the VP of Enterprise Infrastructure and SVP, Chief Information Officer at service industry-leading companies such as Alorica and ACC Capital Holdings Corporation.  He will be responsible for collaborating with IP Architects and the business to provide direction on active IT projects, managing the Vendor Risk Management program, and overseeing the Security Operations Center.

About McDermott & Bull

Established by McDermott & Bull in 2011, MB Interim Leaders is the definitive interim executive leadership resource for companies seeking to address immediate challenges.  McDermott & Bull has been redefining expectations within the world of executive search since 2001, and the advent of MB Interim Leaders powerfully equips the firm to service both the temporary and permanent needs of its clients.  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.  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.

MB Interim Leaders Announces the Promotions of Rebecca Miller and Angela Anderson

August 19th, 2016

IRVINE, California, August 19, 2016 – MB Interim Leaders (MBIL) is pleased to announce the promotions of Rebecca Miller to VP of Sales and Angela Anderson to VP of Talent Acquisition and Operations.

“Rebecca and Angela have been instrumental in the growth and success of MB Interim Leaders,” said Rod McDermott, CEO.  “Rebecca has been the most impactful business development resource we’ve had within MBIL – she has worked tirelessly to build mutually-beneficial relationships with our current and prospective clients.  Angela has played a key role in operating the practice, including recruiting and vetting senior-level talent for our interim searches.  Additionally, Angela has led efforts to grow our team internally.  Both of these women have risen to become crucial partners in strengthening our company, and I’m looking forward to seeing them take on new, expanded responsibilities as we continue to grow the business throughout the western United States.”

“It’s an exciting time for the MB Interim Leaders practice,” said Rebecca.  “Angela and I have created a strong partnership, and it has proven to be the backbone of our success.  I truly enjoy working on the needs of our current and prospective clients, and Angela has created a talent pool of senior-level executives that can quickly address those needs.  We’re looking forward to driving the growth and impact of MBIL in the years to come.”

Rebecca Miller joined McDermott & Bull Executive Search in 2012, where she partnered closely with Principal Consultants on executive-level searches.  In 2014, Rebecca was asked to spearhead business development efforts for MB Interim Leaders; since then, she has formed numerous alliances with public, private and PE-backed organizations who are seeking world-class executive talent for short-term engagements.  Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, Rebecca spent more than six years in sales and marketing roles with leading companies, including the Art Institute of Phoenix and a local Orange County dental company.

Angela Anderson launched MB Interim Leaders alongside Rod McDermott in 2011.  Since that time, Angela has been responsible for strategic partnerships, candidate relations, and identifying executive talent to meet the needs of MBIL’s various and diverse clients.  Prior to her role with MBIL, Angela worked with McDermott & Bull Executive Search, first as a Senior Recruiting Associate, and then as the Market Development Manager, leading the firm’s internal recruiting efforts and the strategic development of new markets.  Earlier in her career, Anderson was a Senior Account Executive & Recruiter at a boutique staffing firm in San Diego.

About McDermott & Bull 

Established by McDermott & Bull in 2011, MB Interim Leaders is the definitive interim executive leadership resource for companies seeking to address immediate challenges.  McDermott & Bull has been redefining expectations within the world of executive search since 2001, and the advent of MB Interim Leaders powerfully equips the firm to service both the temporary and permanent needs of its clients.  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.  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.

Conference Recap: 2016 Agilium Worldwide Americas Meeting

August 3rd, 2016

McDermott & Bull is a proud member of Agilium Worldwide, an international strategic group of independent, owner-managed, retained executive search firms with members in virtually every market. Today, Agilium Worldwide ranks among the Hunt Scanlon Global 25.

Rod McDermott, Managing Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search, recently attended the 2016 Agilium Worldwide Americas Meeting, which was held in Mexico City. During this conference, Rod and his fellow attendees had the opportunity to strengthen relationships, collaborate on business opportunities, and gain key insights and takeaways pertaining to Executive Search in the Americas. Below, Rod shares his recap of this worthwhile gathering:

“Executive Search in the Americas is growing; in most cases, it’s expanding faster than the local economies. Most firms feel like their corporate clients are using every means available to outpace the growth of their local market by recruiting the very best talent in the industry and utilizing retained search services to do so.

Even in economies that are still considered very weak, such as Brazil and Argentina, retained search service revenue has increased in the last year as companies have decided to make the investment in talent acquisition for key roles.

Mexico has been a darling of Latin America and is posting some of the strongest growth numbers in Executive Search. The U.S. has also showed solid development over the last few years, even with tepid GDP growth.

Canada has been fairly weak, as the downturn in energy and materials mining has had an impact on their economy that has been hard to shake. However, our Canadian partners work in other sectors including technology, consumer products and pharma/life sciences, which haven’t been affected. The government is also spending big on infrastructure, which has created opportunities for heavy equipment and construction companies, as well as other organizations that are reliant on materials and energy. Having recently spent time in Montreal, it’s clear that construction there is very strong, with new buildings and significant road and infrastructure projects being undertaken. Half of downtown seems to be under construction, including a big part of the port.

As we wrapped up our time together at this year’s conference, one thing stood-out amongst a variety of important takeaways: Latin America and Europe are closely tied together, especially companies from Spain, Portugal, Germany and France who have invested significantly in their Latin American operations. We see more cross-firm work being done between our partners in Europe and in Latin America than in nearly any other region, with the exception of pan-Europe collaborations. In fact, our Spanish partner, who happens to be the Chairman of Agilium Worldwide, attended this conference, as he does significant business with our Latin American firms, driven by his Spanish clients.”

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McDermott & Bull Appoints Stu Leibach as Principal Consultant

June 1st, 2016

IRVINE, California, June 1, 2016 – McDermott & Bull, the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas and the fastest-growing firm within the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters list, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stu Leibach to the role of Principal Consultant.  Leibach, who’s based in Playa Vista, CA, will lead the firm’s Retail Practice which includes Specialty Retail, Omni-Channel, E-Commerce, Digital, Luxury Retail, Experiential Retail, Department Store Retail, and Big Box Retail.

“We’re delighted to have someone with Stu’s extensive retail business and leadership experience join our team and represent McDermott & Bull as we expand our firm and build on the successful relationships that we’ve already developed with leading Retail and Consumer Products companies,” said Rod McDermott, Managing Partner of McDermott & Bull.  “Stu is well known and highly respected for his leadership, extensive retail background, passion for people, and his enthusiasm for transforming and adapting organizations to a retail world undergoing constant change. His proven ability to build highly effective teams in both private and public companies will serve our clients well.”

“I am very excited to join McDermott & Bull, and contribute to the solid foundation the firm has established,” said Leibach.  “As a former business owner and retail executive, I understand first-hand the importance of identifying and placing the right talent who can meet business challenges and deliver long term shareholder value.  Through personal connections and industry knowledge, I can access candidates whose leadership inspires high performance to meet the needs of the fast and ever-changing pace of retail and its consumers.”

Stu brings to McDermott & Bull over 25 years of executive retail experience in both private and publicly held companies.  He began his career as co-founder of eSpecialty Brands, based in Chicago, which he successfully sold to a public company.  Stu then joined Destination Maternity Corporation (includes A Pea in the Pod brand), based in Philadelphia, where he held key executive positions in Retail, Marketing, Merchandising, Store Design, and Construction.  As VP of Marketing, Stu introduced the concept of celebrity relationships and launched exclusive lines with Heidi Klum and Nicole Richie.  These partnerships provided a springboard for the company’s social media and blogger campaign and tapped into the consumer’s desire to connect.  In his most recent role as head of Retail, Stu led and managed over 1500 retail locations throughout North America, including 550 locations in Macy’s Department Stores, generating over $500 million annual revenue.

Throughout his career, Stu has been instrumental in the talent selection process for executives across the organization including Web, Finance, Human Resources, Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Planning.  His reflective, thoughtful approach and ability to see all sides of a situation add valuable insight to the challenges retailers face in building their brands and businesses.

About McDermott & Bull 

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.

McDermott & Bull named the fastest-growing firm in the Americas from Hunt Scanlon’s 2016 list of Top 50 Recruiters

May 31st, 2016

IRVINE, California, May 31, 2016 – Hunt Scanlon recently recognized McDermott & Bull as the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas.  Additionally, with a 63% increase in revenue, McDermott & Bull was the fastest-growing firm featured within the Top 50 Recruiters list.

“We have a unique model that speaks to the ever-evolving needs of our clients,” said Rod McDermott, Managing Partner at McDermott & Bull.  “Our Executive Search practice allows us to partner closely with mid-cap to large-scale companies, and our Interim Leaders practice is poised to address the immediate senior-level talent requirements of our clients.  This well-rounded offering has bolstered our firm’s effectiveness and growth.”

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.  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.

From Big Iron to General Aviation to Commercial Drone Startup – Kevin Gould, Founder & President of Hawk Aerial Shares His Thoughts on the Journey

May 5th, 2016

On the eve of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Xponential Convention in New Orleans (May 2nd through May 5th), we asked Hawk Aerial’s Kevin Gould to share the highlights of his career journey from Boeing to Adam Aircraft, Piper, Honeywell and now to his commercial drone services startup, Hawk Aerial.

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Q: Can you tell us a bit about your career path?

A: I started my career serving in a variety of executive level positions at Boeing. Then, after a 3-year stint turning around medical documentation and billing software concern, Clinicient, I joined Adam Aircraft as SVP of Operations. In 2005, I joined Piper Aircraft as VP of Operations ultimately serving as CEO. In 2011, I joined Honeywell as President of their Bendix/King Brand before starting Hawk Aerial in the Fall of 2014.  I have had the great pleasure of helping turn around a number of organizations while recognizing and developing many talented individuals along the way. These experiences have prepared me very well for my current role.

Q: Please share your thoughts on General Aviation with us.

A: General Aviation is one of the most interesting industries I have been involved with. It has been in decline now for 20+ years while so many terrific industry leaders have been working together tirelessly to arrest the decline and reinvigorate the marketplace. Costs and regulations are certainly part of the challenge, but I believe the core issue(s) haven’t yet been discovered.

Q: When did you decide to get into the Drone (UAV) space? 

A: Two years ago a friend and colleague demonstrated a drone aircraft and its powerful camera while sitting in a lawn chair in his back yard.  The experience convinced me that I needed to create a business in the next big thing in aviation — small commercial drones.

Q: How is the marketplace segmented?

A: Today the market is made up of three distinct segments: military, hobbyist and commercial. The commercial market today is broken down into two primary sub-segments: data accumulation and goods transportation.  Regulatory issues will slow the development of the goods transportation category. But the data and imagery sub-category will develop rapidly.

Q: What part of the marketplace are you pursuing?

A: We see a huge opportunity for commercial drones to handle a variety of difficult, dangerous, and/or time consuming tasks.  Bridge inspection, powerline inspection and wind turbine inspection are three areas where drones can save significant money and time while essentially eliminating the hazards associated with the way these tasks are performed today.

Q: What have you learned from your previous experiences that helped shape your efforts at Hawk Aerial?

A: At Hawk Aerial, we are dealing primarily with UAV’s weighing less than 55 pounds.  My experience with and understanding of IMU’s, GPS Technology, ADS-B technology and the dramatic increases in computing power have proven particularly useful.  While IMUs in manned aircraft have taken the form of gyros, slip/skid indicators, etc. for visual and IFR flight, in the drone world IMUs typically consist of 3 electronic gyros and 3 accelerometers to provide airborne stability. Light weight, small and enormous computing power has made it easy to send up drones just to look around.  Computing power has also allowed the development of tremendous autopilot technology to simplify/democratize use of Drones. GPS technology has added tremendous capability to unmanned aircraft as it has to so many products and services today.  And my understanding of ADS-B technology helps me see clearly how drones can and will be integrated into the national and global airspace in the years to come. Because all of these technologies have manned aircraft applications, it has been relatively easy for me to quickly understand how drones work and apply that knowledge to solving real world business problems.

And having had extensive experience with the FAA regulatory process and their focus on airspace, inspection and maintenance regulation is proving to be very valuable in working with the FAA on drone regulations and commercial application of the technology.

Q: Can you share any thoughts on subjects we haven’t covered so far?

A: The Hawk Aerial business strategy is primarily the result of me looking closely at where my experience, and others like me, could add value.  The sweet spot was clearly at the nexus between the technology and its potential users.  We see ourselves as the Accenture of the drone world, helping companies evaluate and qualify potential benefits and then help them implement appropriate solutions.  We have our own drones and pilots.  We can help organizations build teams and execute on their own but most of our relationships currently involve providing contract implementation services once an opportunity has been identified and evaluated.  We have secured the FAA Section 333 exemption necessary to offer commercial services.  And we have extensive experience operating the DGI Matrice platform using a variety of cameras and sensors. In the not too distant future, Lidar and Hyper-Spectral sensor technology will add even more capability and application opportunity to the commercial drone industry.

I believe we will soon see a tipping point in commercial drone acceptance and application when FAA Part 107 regulations are issued, eliminating the current laborious requirement to secure FAA exemptions to offer commercial services.

And I also believe that the popularity of drones will eventually help to stabilize and revitalize General Aviation as more people gain exposure to the joy of flight through their experiences with drones.

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Special thanks to Kevin Gould for granting us this interview.  We sincerely hope your personal career journey is proving to be stimulating and rewarding in 2016.

Regards,

The McDermott & Bull Executive Search – Aviation & Aerospace Team
Rod McDermott Managing Partner
Craig Sabina Principal Consultant
Jared Moriarty Associate Principal Consultant
David Pasahow Senior Advisor

Industry Insights – Becoming a Linchpin: A Job Seekers Guide to being the Ideal Candidate

March 7th, 2016

Becoming a Linchpin: A Job Seekers Guide to being the Ideal Candidate

Written by: Hayley Miller; Editor & Co-Author: Rod McDermott

Rod McDermott’s Bio

One of the most common and mystifying questions job seekers ask is “what exactly do companies look for in a candidate?” In recent years, individuals face a challenging and complicated job search path that differs greatly from previous generations. As companies begin to utilize social media as a key recruiting tool, a resume and cover letter are no longer sufficient illustrations of your career experience. Rather than viewing the new job search method as challenging, individuals should strive to capitalize on it. While the search process may have evolved, companies still seek the same characteristics in a candidate and social media allows a platform to express those traits. In order to become the ideal candidate, however, one must first understand what clients seek, particularly in a slow growing economy.

No matter the industry or function of a company, all for-profit organizations have the same goal: improve top line growth and ensure the bottom line is healthy. While the economy has improved since the 2008 crisis, its growth is slow, thus leaving companies with the question of how to develop their business more effectively in a somewhat stagnant financial environment. The solution is fairly straightforward: consistently grow revenue while reducing expenses. Unfortunately, achieving this solution is much easier said than done. This is where you have the opportunity to differentiate yourself as an essential individual to the company.

On his personal blog, Rod McDermott wrote about the importance of being a linchpin in your company. Linchpins bring their best skills to the table and perform at a high level, without ever being asked to do so. Do you perform the minimum of what is requested at your role? Do you accept your responsibilities begrudgingly? Or, do you go above and beyond to solve problems, even if they are not specifically listed in your job description? Companies seek these driven, motivated individuals at all levels who can help the organization achieve growth without the need of handholding. Companies seek linchpins, which is why it’s crucial to present yourself as such not only when you are currently working, but also while in the midst of your job search.

Perhaps the biggest mistake a candidate can make when applying for a position is labeling oneself as a job seeker. As a recruiter, I come across over a hundred profiles per day, yet only a handful stand out to me. Why? These select few candidates choose to position themselves as problem solvers rather than job seekers. Many individuals will merely list job responsibilities on their resume and social media profiles, but what companies find most attractive are stories. Organizations want to see descriptions of how you have improved top line growth and kept a healthy bottom line at previous companies. How have you achieved success in the past? Is it your motivation, professional network, experience? How did you recently reduce expenses and grow revenue? Companies want to hear about these achievements and how you attained them. While this may seem difficult to include all on your resume, you can utilize social media to paint your entire professional story. Social media profiles give you the opportunity to share links to successful projects and elaborate on any experience you could not list in your resume. By presenting yourself on both social media and job applications as a solution maker rather than a job seeker, you become the linchpin that a company desires.

The job search can be stressful and overwhelming, but once you begin to depict yourself as a candidate with a long history of professional success, the path will seem quite straightforward. Results, not responsibilities, are the most important thing to a company. Show off your pro-active problem solving capabilities and your success stories. Demonstrate that you are a linchpin and you will no longer be asking the question “what do companies desire?” but rather, “what do I desire from my next company?” Become a linchpin and the ball is in your court.

Industry Insights – The MB Interim Leaders Solution

February 11th, 2016

 

The MB Interim Leaders Solution

By: Rod McDermott & Hayley Miller

Rod McDermott’s Bio

How often do you hear the warning, “always be prepared for the worst case scenario”? This cautionary phrase is much easier said than done, especially for businesses. Every company strives to assess their potential risks and determine solutions, however no company can prepare for every issue. Unexpected turbulence will inevitably occur, leaving stakeholders, shareholders, and board members ill prepared in finding a solution. Perhaps the most critical problem a business encounters is weak executive leadership during an unstable period. Many companies face a roadblock when they cannot afford to hire full time executives, yet they have a dire issue that needs to be solved, such as a merger, acquisition, divestiture, growth, integration, or turnaround. This is where interim executives play a critical role.

Interim executive leadership firms have gained recognition in the past decade, garnering support from businesses that have achieved success by placing an interim executive at their company. It is important to note that in the interim executive space, choosing the correct executive search firm is even more crucial, as companies require quick placement and exceptionally skilled executives in order to effectively solve their problem. MB Interim Leaders, a McDermott & Bull Executive Search Company, helps make that choice simple.

Founded in 2011, MB Interim Leaders (MBIL) discovered a need in the marketplace for clients who had an urgent requirement, however could not hire full time executives to solve the issue. MB Interim Leaders are proficient in efficiently run, well-managed companies that need to fill a gap in their business. The firm is also effective with turnarounds, having achieved success for numerous clients in a variety of industries. One recent case in particular accurately reflects MBIL’s proven methodology in hiring and placing interim leaders for turnaround projects and consistently achieving positive results.

Rebecca Miller, Director of Business Development, received a phone call from a client who faced operating challenges and was seeking a CEO to support and repair major issues at one of their facilities. Rebecca honed in on the key attributes the company was looking for in a CEO including specific industry experience and a track record of effectively restructuring and stabilizing businesses. With the aid of Angela Anderson, Director of Talent Acquisition, MB Interim Leaders found the ideal Interim CEO within one day of receiving the call.  After a mere ninety days, the CEO managed to solve their most critical problems and the client requested he transfer to another location to accomplish a supply chain and quality turnaround. Due to the quick response time and successful placement at the highest level, the client requested that MB Interim Leaders build out an entire team of operating executives including supply chain, production management, quality, and a number of other operating roles. Since placing the Interim CEO and operating executives, the client has achieved a substantial turnaround at their facilities.

What differentiates McDermott & Bull from other executive search firms and MBIL from other interim leadership firms? Why can they succeed where other firms cannot? The answer lies in McDermott & Bull’s unique model. Rather than splitting resources from McDermott & Bull’s Retained Executive Search business, Rod McDermott chose to create a separate entity entirely devoted to Interim Executive Leadership. In doing so, MBIL’s founders are able to remain heavily involved and active in daily client interactions and searches. Clients receive regular contact and feedback from MBIL’s highest executives, thus reassuring clients that their search is in qualified and experienced hands. Additionally, by focusing entirely on interim positions, it allows for a quick response with quality candidates in a normally niche market. The client’s needs are always first and no position is too difficult to fill.

Lastly, MBIL utilizes its other divisions of McDermott & Bull in order to best succeed. McDermott & Bull’s Executive Network currently has 7,000 members and 1,800 active members who regularly attend monthly McDermott & Bull networking events. These executives range from Senior Directors to CEOs who previously worked at Fortune 1000 companies. By consistently remaining in close contact with these C-Level Executives, it allows MBIL to easily match skilled executives with new client projects quickly. Through a hands-on approach from executive management, efficient recruitment, and networking capabilities MBIL achieves the results clients ideally seek, but didn’t know were achievable.

MB Interim Leaders has experience in a variety of functions and industries. Most notably, MBIL has placed leaders in private equity, venture capital, consumer goods/ products, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, healthcare/ health services, food, beverage and restaurants, aviation and aerospace, and technology. MBIL is well versed in placing candidates in a variety of functions including executive leadership and strategy, finance/ accounting, operations, supply chain logistics, information technology, human resources, and sales and marketing. To learn more about what MB Interim Leaders has to offer, please visit www.mbinterim.com

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Rebecca Miller, Director of Business Development

Rod McDermott

Rod McDermott, President & Chief Executive Officer

Angela Anderson

Angela Anderson, Director of Talent Acquisition