IRVINE, California, February 8, 2013 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Luke Thompson as IPT Lead with Bendix/King based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Rod McDermott, Managing Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. McDermott, “Luke’s experience in system integration and building leading edge and innovative aviation products will be a great fit with Bendix/King in their efforts to design world-class avionics systems for General Aviation aircraft.”

Mr. Thompson has over 10 years of experience in aviation which spans a wide range of products that include Rockwell Collin’s ProLine and Fusion as well as many Garmin products, all of which he has integrated. His experience with light sport aircraft includes the rebuilding of five general aviation aircraft and he also holds a patent for a Modular Unmanned Air Vehicle. Prior to joining Bendix/King, Mr. Thompson served as the Chief Engineer of New Product Development at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, overseeing the budgeting, management, and direction of an engineering team that is comprised of six direct reports with a total team of 50 that includes a Product Leader, Design, and Senior Product Engineers.

Mr. Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and he also obtained a Master Certificate in Project Management from Wichita State University’s Center for Management Development. He is a passionate aviator with over 600 hours and is rated as a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

About Bendix/King

The history of the Bendix/King name runs parallel to the development of King Radio up to the mid-1980s, when the Allied Corporation purchased Bendix Aviation and King Radio and combined the two to create Bendix/King avionics. In late 1985, the Allied Corporation merged with the Signal Companies to become Allied-Signal. In 1999, AlliedSignal merged with Honeywell and adopted the Honeywell name to take advantage of the company’s universal recognition throughout the industries it serves as well as in households around the world. Shortly after the merger was completed, Honeywell announced that due to pilot recognition and loyalty, it would retain the Bendix/King brand. Today, Bendix/King ( by Honeywell is a strategic business unit in Aerospace. It is a global leader in Avionics serving the General Aviation (GA) aircraft community with quality products, integrated system solutions, and services that make flying more comfortable, more secure, and more productive in every corner of the world.

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 has worked 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, Silverado Senior Living, Honeywell, and Union Bank.