IRVINE, California, November 1, 2012 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Robert Burris as Director of Talent Acquisition with AECOM in Irvine, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Craig Lipus, Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Lipus, “Rob is a great addition to the AECOM team. His experience building and leading talent acquisition teams globally within significant organizations makes him the logical choice for this role.”

Mr. Burris is a 25-year experienced executive including the past 13 years in executive operations roles in a variety of industries and business lines. Before joining AECOM, he served as Director of Talent Acquisition for Green Dot, a Bank Holding Company headquartered in Pasadena, CA. Mr. Burris had previously served as National Recruiting Operations Manager for Nestle USA, overseeing talent acquisition services and leading a team of recruiters and sourcing specialists.

Mr. Burris obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and Finance from Woodbury University in Burbank, CA.


AECOM ( is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water, and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance, and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Technology, Financial Services, Energy, Manufacturing, Bio-Tech and Life Science, Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and others. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull works with a large number of prestigious clients including Allergan, Advanced Medical Optics, Black & Decker, Harbor Freight Tools, Boeing, Aramark, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Conexant, Google, Invitrogen, Meggitt PLC, J.F. Shea, Comerica Bank, and Union Bank.