IRVINE, California, February 1, 2016 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, is pleased to announce the successful appointment of Edward Smith as Vice President of Flight Operations with McKesson Corporation. Mr. Smith will oversee the healthcare company’s corporate flight department. McKesson, based in San Francisco, is one of the largest companies in the nation, ranking 11th on the 2015 Fortune 500 list.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Rod McDermott, Managing Partner, Craig Sabina, Principal Consultant, Jared Moriarty, Associate Principal Consultant, and Trey Mullen, Recruiting Associate at McDermott & Bull. According to Rod, “This was a great role for us to fill for a client that we loved working with. McKesson has built a very impressive flight department and Ed is a great match to lead the team for years to come.”

Mr. Smith’s career began at Sikorsky where he was a Field Representative. After a two year stint, he went to Notre Dame to get his MBA and then joined Intel in 1995. Working his way up from a Buyer to a Manufacturing Shift Manager at Intel’s Rio Rancho, New Mexico facility, Mr. Smith was then moved to Intel’s recent acquisition, Digital Equipment, as an Assistant Manufacturing Manager in Hudson, Massachusetts from 1999 – 2002. In 2002, Mr. Smith  jumped at the chance to become the Director of Aviation at Intel’s Folsom, California location where he assumed responsibility for a complex 5-site, 7 aircraft part 91 operation carrying 170K + passengers.  Mr. Smith excelled at this job, improving performance and efficiency on his manufacturing assignment. Then in 2009, Mr. Smith took advantage of an opportunity to lead a global effort to reduce Intel utility expenses, and once again succeeded in achieving significant results. In 2010, Mr. Smith assumed responsibly for Intel’s Folsom, California site ($45M budget) as a Campus Manager and in 2013, he also took back his job as the Director of Aviation, along with the responsibility for its $45M budget. The operation is now the largest corporate shuttle service in the world.

Prior to earning his MBA at Notre Dame, Mr. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Materials and Logistics Management (Operations and Procurement) at Michigan State University. Additionally, Mr. Smith is an instrument and commercially rated pilot but flies exclusively for pleasure.

About McKesson

McKesson’s history dates back to 1833, when John McKesson and Charles Olcott collaborated to sell therapeutic drugs and chemicals wholesale in New York City. Today, McKesson is ranked 11th on the FORTUNE 500 list with more than $179 billion in annual revenue and 76,000 employees. Headquartered in San Francisco, and with operations in more than 20 nations, McKesson is the world’s leading distributor of pharmaceuticals and provider of health information technology, medical supplies and care management tools. In its 182 years in business the company has built up or acquired what is now 14 different divisions in its two business segments, Distribution Solutions and Technology Solutions. Through these 14 divisions, McKesson’s technology and services are used by 52% of U.S. Hospitals and 20% of all physicians. Over the last six years it has consistently been ranked either #1 or #2 in Fortune’s America’s Most Admired Companies Health Care Wholesalers category.

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 Aerospace & Defense, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Brands, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Engineering & Construction / Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas.


As active, multi-thousand hour, turbine aircraft pilots, Rod McDermott, Managing Partner, and Craig Sabina, Principal Consultant, have a passion for the Aviation & Aerospace industry personally and professionally. Additionally, Jeff Black, Partner, has many years of experience specializing in aerospace, defense, and information systems. Together, Rod, Craig, and Jeff lead the Aviation & Aerospace Practice at McDermott & Bull. They offer a truly unique experience and skill set to clients such as Honeywell, Boeing, Honeywell/Bendix King, Klune Industries, PPG Aerospace, Ducommun, Inc., Arrowhead Products, Meggitt Electronics, Ontic, Moog, Insitu, The Experimental Aircraft Association, Thrush Aircraft, Daher/Socata and many more, placing Director level, C-suite and Board level executives including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, Vice President, and Director/Manager positions. To learn more about McDermott & Bull’s Aviation & Aerospace Practice, please visit,