IRVINE, California, October 18, 2017McDermott & Bull, one of the largest executive search firms within the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters List, as well as one of Forbes’ Best Executive Recruiting Firms, is pleased to announce the appointment of Galit Shokrian as Principal Consultant.  Shokrian, based in Los Angeles, will join the firm’s growing Real Estate and Retail Practices.

“Galit is a strategic and creative executive who has been a source of forward-thinking growth solutions for the companies she serves.  We are thrilled to have someone with Galit’s leadership and industry expertise join our firm and strengthen our presence in Los Angeles,” said Rod McDermott, CEO and Co-Founder of McDermott & Bull.

Shokrian brings 25 years of real estate and retail industry experience to McDermott & Bull.  Most recently, she had her own consulting firm, GS Wave, where she advised some of the largest investors and managers of retail and real estate companies, such as Westfield.  Her expertise in building in-house teams across various verticals allowed her to become a strong resource for companies in growth mode.

From 2007 to 2015, Shokrian was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Caruso where she built and led the first in-house marketing and communications team for the company.  Rick Caruso is one of the largest commercial real estate developers in the U.S., with a diverse portfolio of retail and mixed-use luxury residential properties that attract tens of millions of guests each year.  Two of its properties, The Grove and The Americana at Brand shopping centers, are among the top 15 most productive shopping centers in the world.  While at Caruso, Shokrian served as Chair of the Marketing Committee and sat on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.

Prior to Caruso, Shokrian spent 15 years in various executive positions at KB Home, a publicly traded national homebuilder.  She built and led several different teams during her time with the company.  As Vice President of Marketing, Shokrian helped create and manage KB Agency, the internal marketing and advertising arm of KB Home, and she was responsible for the creation and execution of all large-scale, national marketing partnerships and licensing agreements for the company.  She inked the largest and first-of-its-kind industry partnership with the Walt Disney Company, allowing homebuyers to custom order Disney character designed rooms for their newly constructed KB Homes.

“In my work growing and developing the firm, I review hundreds of executive profiles each week,” said Le Anne Harper, Chief Talent Officer at McDermott & Bull.  “I found Galit’s background instantly compelling.  Her deep and broad experience across a number of verticals within the real estate industry creates exciting new opportunities for all of us.  Her collaborative and consultative style will make her a great strategic advisor to her clients.”

“The McDermott & Bull client management approach and world-class recruiting methodology impressed me,” said Shokrian.  “It will allow me to be a resource and thought partner to senior leadership teams looking for positive changes in their organizations.  We help solve their most critical, high-impact executive talent problems.”

Shokrian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull is an executive search firm that partners with leading companies to identify and recruit leaders for permanent and interim roles.  All of the practice leaders within the firm’s retained Executive Search business have deep executive experience and are uniquely positioned to address the dynamic leadership demands of public and private companies across nearly every industry.  McDermott & Bull’s Interim Leaders team is equipped to service the needs of its clients by placing senior-level executives into temporary roles during critical periods.  The firm’s Executive Network program provides valuable resources for and offers opportunities to build meaningful relationships with thousands of C-Suite and VP-level executives throughout the country.  The formation of McDermott & Bull Europe gives the firm access to international insights and expertise and makes McDermott & Bull a true global player.