IRVINE, California, November 6, 2014 – McDermott & Bull Executive Search, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the appointment of Mr. Matt Spooner as Director of the McDermott & Bull Executive Network (

Mr. Spooner will be instrumental in executing a strategic business plan for the markets that the McDermott & Bull Executive Network currently serves, as well as for new markets targeted for geographic expansion. He will work closely and continue to build relationships with our valuable partners. Mr. Spooner will also be responsible for membership growth and creating programs that add value to our senior executive members, either aiding them in their transition or in their business.

“Every career opportunity I’ve ever had has stemmed from my personal connections and professional network. This is why I’m so passionate about the McDermott & Bull Executive Network,” Mr. Spooner commented. “Our impactful and relevant events and resources allow our Working and In-Transition members the opportunity to enhance their skills, build their confidence, and expand their relationships with other senior executives. To me, this is the key to ongoing success and development as a professional. I’m honored to work for a firm that has been ‘paying it forward’ for well over a decade, and will continue to do so for many years to come.”

“Matt’s broad experience working with senior executives and interested affinity members through his non-profit background positions him well to serve our members,” commented Rod McDermott, Managing Partner of McDermott & Bull Executive Search. “We have big growth plans for our program for 2015 and 2016, and Matt will be instrumental in overseeing the growth throughout the Western U.S.”

Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, Mr. Spooner spent much of his career establishing relationships with influential contributors to various non-profit entities, whose markets he helped establish in Southern California. During his 15 years in Los Angeles, he worked in various capacities with American Jewish University, including supervising their Undergraduate Admissions operation and directing their Advancement Department. Shortly after relocating with his wife and daughter to Irvine in 2013, Mr. Spooner joined the Jewish National Fund at the Director level, where he oversaw fundraising activities in Rancho Palos Verdes, Long Beach, and the greater Orange County area.

An avid endurance athlete who has competed in several marathons, ultramarathons, and triathlons, Mr. Spooner is a proud member of the South Coast Roadrunners group. Additionally, he is involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, amongst other nonprofits. Mr. Spooner received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001.

About the McDermott & Bull Executive Network

Created in 2002 by McDermott & Bull Executive Search, the Executive Network is dedicated to providing valuable resources for senior level executives and creating opportunities to build networking relationships, both in person and within our online community. We are committed to enhancing the career development of executives who are employed and in transition, through our qualified network that supports meaningful relationships dedicated to the sharing of knowledge, best practices and business opportunities. We strive to provide world-class content and premier programs that will serve our members. Ultimately, our goal is to continue to be at the forefront with the latest trends and resources, in an effort to enhance the careers of executives in each of the markets that McDermott & Bull serves.

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 Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Kaiser Aluminum, Maxwell Technologies, Kraco Enterprises, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, and the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans.