IRVINE, California, September 1, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of David Stackleather as Group Manager, Program Management with The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest member of the AAA federation of motor clubs.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Craig Lipus, Partner, Garrett Lipus, Principal Consultant and Michelle Davis, Associate Principal Consultant, at McDermott & Bull. According to Craig, “David brings a wealth of experience to this newly created role at AAA. David possesses the operational size and scope and specific PMO background that’s necessary to succeed in this senior leadership position. David will integrate well into the rich and respected culture at AAA. We wish him much success in his new career.”

Mr. Stackleather is an experienced program office professional who has strong information technology project management skills. He is business oriented and has had success over the course of his career, interfacing with stakeholders and senior management. In 2009, Mr. Stackleather joined Alorica as their Director of PMO and Enterprise Strategy where he managed all client implementations, internal cross-functional projects and strategic corporate improvement initiatives globally. In addition to building the PMO from the ground-up, creating methodologies and defining the culture, Mr. Stackleather also implemented enterprise work collaboration software to manage all projects, implemented IT time tracking systems, and was involved in 4 acquisitions in 18 months. Most recently, Mr. Stackleather served as the Vice President of Shared Services – IT for Zenith Education Group where he was responsible for the PMO, business relationship management for IT, and IT financial analysis. Mr. Stackleather successfully rebuilt the PMO office within IT by standardizing project management processes, developing a business process improvement framework and implementing a vendor relationship program. Mr. Stackleather earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at Saint Leo University. With extensive experience in implementing lean process improvements, operational efficiencies, and managing complex projects, Mr. Stackleather is an excellent choice for the Group Manager, Program Management Office role at The Automobile Club of Southern California.

About The Automobile Club of Southern California

The Automobile Club of Southern California ( has been serving members since 1900. Members benefit from 24 hour roadside assistance, insurance products and services, travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing and buying programs, automotive testing and analysis, trip planning services and highway and transportation safety programs.

Today, the Auto Club serves more than 14 million AAA members in 21 states from over 300 branch offices and twelve regional call centers through its family of companies including Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA Alabama, AAA East Central (parts of: Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) AAA Hawaii, AAA Missouri (Missouri, Arkansas, eastern Kansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi), AAA New Mexico, AAA Northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont), AAA Texas, and AAA Tidewater Virginia. The Auto Club operates the largest leisure travel agency in the Western United States and the Auto Club’s affiliated Inter-insurance Exchange is one of the largest auto and home insurers in California.

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. 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 Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Chicken of the Sea, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, and portfolio companies owned by private equity firms including Riverside Company, Sun Capital Partners, ClearLight Partners, Swander Pace Capital, Chicago Growth Partners, and Riordan, Lewis & Hayden.