IRVINE and LOS ANGELES, California, January 25, 2011 – McDermott & Bull Executive Search, a Southern California based executive search firm, announced today that it has named Mr. Jeff Black and Mr. Craig Lipus as Partners of the firm. They are both based out of the firm’s Irvine headquarters.

“This year will be an exciting year of continued growth and expansion. Both Jeff and Craig have been long time colleagues and significant contributors to the firm, and we are proud to call them Partners,” commented Rod McDermott, Managing Director of McDermott & Bull. “It has been a pleasure to see their dedication and commitment to their own success as well as to the success of the entire company.”

“As we continue to actively recruit and bring on new Search Consultants to the firm, Jeff and Craig have set great examples. Both have played an active role in not only continuing to build their own practices, but also partnering with our new consultants to ensure each of them achieves the same level of success. We are privileged to have them on our team,” added Chris Bull, Managing Director of McDermott & Bull.

Mr. Black began with McDermott & Bull in 2003 as a Principal Consultant. Prior to making Partner, he was a Managing Principal Consultant with the firm. Mr. Black’s previous positions include Vice President of Commercial Services with the Raytheon Company and Vice President of Hughes Technical Services Company. He is active with the Forum for Corporate Directors in Orange County, serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the YMCA of Orange County, supports character education through The Ethical Edge, and is the founder of The Trusted Partners.

Mr. Lipus has been with McDermott & Bull since 2003, starting as a Principal Consultant and most recently, as a Managing Principal Consultant. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lipus served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Aura Systems, Inc. He has lead sales and marketing teams for companies such as Interlink Electronics and Polaroid Corporation. Mr. Lipus is a member of the Board of Directors at Concept 7, a nonprofit agency serving foster kids throughout Southern 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 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.