IRVINE, LOS ANGELES, WESTLAKE VILLAGE, and PLEASANTON, California, December 16, 2010 – McDermott & Bull Executive Search, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Rollin Johnson as Controller of Pacific Capital Bancorp in Santa Barbara, California.

“This is a vital role and Pacific Capital Bank was looking for the right person to be part of a strong franchise at a critical time in its history. Rollin’s extensive background and strong knowledge in accounting pronouncements and tax principles made him the ideal candidate to join the team at Pacific Capital Bank,” commented Fleming Jones, Senior Principal Consultant at McDermott & Bull who conducted the search.

This search was completed by Fleming Jones and Rod McDermott, Managing Director of McDermott & Bull.

Before joining Pacific Capital Bancorp, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Vice President in corporate accounting, loan servicing, and mortgage operations at Bank of America in Calabasas, California, where he started as a Vice President of Finance in their corporate real estate division. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Johnson held senior finance positions at Blackrock Ventures, LLC and Royal Numico in Salt Lake City, Utah. He began his career at KPMG in various tax and audit functions.

Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the California State University, Los Angeles and his MBA in International Business from the University of Utah. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

About the Client

Pacific Capital Bancorp ( is the holding company for Pacific Capital Bank, N.A., the largest independent banking company headquartered on the Central Coast of California. As a community bank holding company, Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCB) provides full service banking, including consumer and commercial lending, trust and investment advisory services, and other consumer and business banking products through its subsidiaries’ retail branches, commercial and wealth management centers, and other distribution channels to consumers and businesses. PCB has five wholly owned subsidiaries, Pacific Capital Bank, National Association (the Bank or PCBNA), a banking subsidiary and four unconsolidated subsidiaries.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California with offices in Los Angeles, Westlake Village, and the San Francisco Bay area. 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 Rod 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, GKN Aerospace, Aramark, Cisco Systems, Clipper Windpower,, Google, Invitrogen, Meggitt PLC, Comerica Bank, and Union Bank.