McDermott + Bull’s Financial Institutions Practice works with an array of financial services firms, including investment banks, commercial banks, private banks, credit unions, investment managers, institutional investors, and fintech companies to recruit best in class talent for critical roles. Our boutique approach, coupled with our national reach, allows us to make every search extremely important, and our limited blockage allows us to recruit from a great number of target companies in each region. As a firm, our approach is not to focus on developing a large database so we can retread candidates from one opportunity to the next. On the contrary, every search is treated as a fresh assignment and we perform new candidate identification and research on each search so that we find the best, not just the most well-known or likely candidates for each assignment. Our clients tell us that we bring exceptional candidates into the process that they’ve often never heard about or considered in the past, which brings a fresh perspective to each assignment.
The Financial Institutions Practice is led by industry experts Rod McDermott and Brandon Biegenzahn. Rod is a former corporate banker with Citibank and Security Pacific, and he currently sits on the Board of a community bank based in Southern California. Brandon is a former corporate finance attorney where he represented banks including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Union Bank in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, asset based financing, and real property purchase and sale transactions.
Financial Services Articles
McDermott + Bull Places First Vice President of Loan Documentation Officer and Counsel, Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach
McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Angela Walsh as First Vice President of Loan Documentation Officer and Counsel at Farmers & Merchants (F&M) Bank of Long Beach. In this role, Angela will serve as the Bank’s chief commercial lending officer with respect...
McDermott + Bull Places Chief Compliance Officer, Farmers & Merchants Bank
McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Matt Ayers as Chief Compliance Officer at Farmers & Merchants (F&M) Bank of Northern California. Matt will take over the leadership of a strong compliance function for the organization, overseeing a team of five who...
McDermott + Bull Places Chief Operating Officer at Northwest Bank
McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Kyle Leyendecker as Chief Operating Officer at Northwest Bank. In his new role, Kyle will report directly to the bank’s Chief Executive Officer and play a key role in shaping the future success of the organization. Prior to...
A Year in Review – 2022 Executive Search by the Numbers
2022 – the Peak and the ValleyFrom a leadership hiring perspective (Senior Vice President-level and above), 2022 represents both the peak of executive leadership demand in Q1 and the return to pre-pandemic levels in Q4. Looking at executive searches across all...
2022 Q2 Executive Search Update – A Candidate’s Market
Demand for executive-level talent continues to rise. Each quarter we are seeing more open searches than we have in the past two years. The supply chain issue in the world of human capital is not backed-up ports, it’s the limited candidate pool which is simply not...
2021 Executive Search by the Numbers – A Year in Review
2021 brought about a massive groundswell of executive-level search activity, caused by the perfect storm of market factors — a nearly immediate halt of economic activity, followed by a rapid rebound, and a shift in leadership competencies needed to succeed in our new...
White Paper: Talent – Demand and Scarcity
The Demand for Talent To state the obvious, the pandemic has brought about tremendous change across the global landscape. The most glaring impact in my world, brokering in executive level talent in financial services, has been the massive demand for talent, and the...
White Paper: Talent Assessment
You may have wondered what talent assessment tools are and how effective they can be in the hiring process. Employers like them because they can reduce the time and cost of recruiting new staff and can result in increased productivity, cost savings, and better...
White Paper: 2021 State of the Market
2021 OutlookAs we bid farewell to a year like no other and embark on a new chapter in 2021, we consider what’s ahead. The events that unfolded on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol caused widespread revulsion, and 2021’s sad start can only hopefully get better. To say the...
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