IRVINE, California, October 12, 2012 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Ms. Laurie Blanton as Director of Financial Reporting with Ducommun in Carson, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Jeff Black, Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Black, “Laurie is a perfect fit for the distinctive cultural and performance-excellence requirements at Ducommun. Only truly authentic and arrogance-free people fit the hard working and close-knit culture of Ducommun, but world-class skills are equally important in this dynamically growing company. Laurie’s extraordinary track record is accompanied by her warm, engaging and personable manner, and this combination makes her a tremendous fit with Ducommun.”

Ms. Blanton has been an accounting professional for nearly 25 years. She has held roles both in public and private organizations and has most recently been consulting. Before joining Ducommun, she served as the Director of External Reporting for Edison Mission Energy in Irvine, CA. Laurie has also held roles as a Financial Reporting Consultant as well as a Vice President of Corporate Accounting.

Ms. Blanton obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Michigan, graduating with High Distinction Honors.

About Ducommun

Founded in 1849, Ducommun Incorporated ( is the oldest company in California. Evolving from a hardware supply store opened by Charles Ducommun in Los Angeles during the California Gold Rush, the company assisted in the birth of the aerospace industry in Southern California by providing aircraft aluminum to companies such as Lockheed. Today, Ducommun is a leading provider of engineering and manufacturing services for high-cost-of-failure applications in diverse markets, including aerospace, defense, industrial, oil-and-gas, mining, and medical. Ducommun provides its customers with custom, high-reliability solutions for their electronic and aircraft structure needs. The company draws upon best-in-class processes, a continuous improvement culture and a passionate commitment to excellence to deliver quality in everything it does.

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, and Union Bank.