IRVINE, California, August 31, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced the successful appointment of Mr. Charles Lee as Director of Application Development with Unified Grocers headquartered in the City of Commerce, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Bill Brewer, Principal Consultant, McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Brewer, “Not only does Mr. Lee have the right leadership background and technical expertise, he is also an outstanding fit for the corporate culture of Unified Grocers. Working with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Unified Grocers, we partnered in helping the CIO find and select this key leader for the Information Systems team. Unified Grocers is in the process of making significant upgrades that will better serve its members. This role will interact with senior leaders and stakeholders and will have a major impact on the future direction of technology and its use for the upcoming years”.

Mr. Lee is an Information Technology leader with over twenty years of strategic planning, architecture, application development, and implementation and tactical leadership experience in both the corporate and consulting spaces. He has led teams of technical staff to develop, deploy, and manage various large-scale and mission-critical business application systems for well-recognized Fortune 500 companies. This includes large scale ERP implementation, system integration, eCommerce and sophisticated content based social media sites. Mr. Lee has extensive hands on experience with managing full systems development life cycle (SDLC), budget, resources, and development management with Agile and Waterfall methodology.

Mr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine. He also possesses numerous Microsoft technical certifications.

About Unified Grocers

Founded in 1922, Unified Grocers ( is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified Grocers and its subsidiaries, which generated almost $4 billion in sales during fiscal year 2014, offer independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry. Unified Grocers serves more than 3,000 retail stores with over 500 current customers and growing. The organization has over 2,700 employees. Unified Grocers operates about a dozen distribution centers that supply its members and nonmember stores with more than 100,000 items, including meat, dairy goods, fresh produce, and general merchandise. It offers many national brands, as well as private labels including Cottage Hearth, Golden Crème, and Western Family. Unified Grocers was formed in 1922 as Certified Grocers of 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 Products, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Engineering & Construction / Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rod McDermott and Chris 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 Aramark, In-N-Out Burger, VCA Inc., Kaiser Aluminum, Maxwell Technologies, Kraco Enterprises, Panda Restaurant Group, the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, and Union Bank.Bill Brewer