IRVINE, California, January 18, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Pete Anderson as Vice President of Operations with Thrush Aircraft, one of the most innovative companies in aviation today.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Rod McDermott, Managing Partner, Craig Sabina, Principal Consultant , Jared Moriarty, Associate Principal Consultant, and Tara Steven, Senior Recruiting Associate at McDermott & Bull. “McDermott & Bull sourced over 100 excellent candidates, allowing us to present a slate of extremely qualified individuals for this important role for Thrush. Pete’s experience and skillset in aerospace and aviation, along with an excellent culture fit with the Thrush team made him the standout choice in a field of very strong contenders,” commented Craig Sabina, lead Principal Consultant on this search assignment.

Mr. Anderson attended The Citadel on an ROTC scholarship and then joined the Air Force working in a number of aviation related roles with increasing leadership responsibility. After being honorably discharged from the service in January of 2009, he accepted a New Equipment Training Officer position with Raytheon working primarily in Afghanistan providing training and support for the company’s ISR systems. He was quickly recruited away to work for Danaher Corporation, where he worked first as a Production Manager and then as Operations Manager. In 2010, Mr. Anderson joined Boeing working first as Senior Manufacturing Manager on the Boeing 787 Final Assembly line in Everett, WA before being transferred to Boeing’s new South Carolina operation, quickly applying what he had learned at Danaher and Boeing in Everett to help build teams at the new facility and then to improve performance metrics across his areas of responsibility. Most recently, Mr. Anderson worked on startup efforts for Gulfstream’s new 500 and 600 lines. A thoughtful student of Lean Manufacturing methodology, Mr. Anderson’s professional experience has prepared him very well for the VP of Operations role at Thrush.

Mr. Anderson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and his Master of Business Administration from University of South Carolina.

About Thrush

Thrush Aircraft is perfectly positioned for significant growth in the specialty markets it serves. The company has built a reputation as the leading brand in agricultural aviation, with products such as the 510, 550 and 710 class of aircraft that have served the areal application needs around the globe since 1966. More recently, the company has moved into the defense market, converting several models for a variety of different missions. Thrush is also close to completing its development of a new model for the fire-fighting market, capitalizing on its unique value proposition for this important market segment.

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,