IRVINE, California, June 1, 2016 – McDermott & Bull, the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas and the fastest-growing firm within the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters list, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stu Leibach to the role of Principal Consultant.  Leibach, who’s based in Playa Vista, CA, will lead the firm’s Retail Practice which includes Specialty Retail, Omni-Channel, E-Commerce, Digital, Luxury Retail, Experiential Retail, Department Store Retail, and Big Box Retail.

“We’re delighted to have someone with Stu’s extensive retail business and leadership experience join our team and represent McDermott & Bull as we expand our firm and build on the successful relationships that we’ve already developed with leading Retail and Consumer Products companies,” said Rod McDermott, Managing Partner of McDermott & Bull.  “Stu is well known and highly respected for his leadership, extensive retail background, passion for people, and his enthusiasm for transforming and adapting organizations to a retail world undergoing constant change. His proven ability to build highly effective teams in both private and public companies will serve our clients well.”

“I am very excited to join McDermott & Bull, and contribute to the solid foundation the firm has established,” said Leibach.  “As a former business owner and retail executive, I understand first-hand the importance of identifying and placing the right talent who can meet business challenges and deliver long term shareholder value.  Through personal connections and industry knowledge, I can access candidates whose leadership inspires high performance to meet the needs of the fast and ever-changing pace of retail and its consumers.”

Stu brings to McDermott & Bull over 25 years of executive retail experience in both private and publicly held companies.  He began his career as co-founder of eSpecialty Brands, based in Chicago, which he successfully sold to a public company.  Stu then joined Destination Maternity Corporation (includes A Pea in the Pod brand), based in Philadelphia, where he held key executive positions in Retail, Marketing, Merchandising, Store Design, and Construction.  As VP of Marketing, Stu introduced the concept of celebrity relationships and launched exclusive lines with Heidi Klum and Nicole Richie.  These partnerships provided a springboard for the company’s social media and blogger campaign and tapped into the consumer’s desire to connect.  In his most recent role as head of Retail, Stu led and managed over 1500 retail locations throughout North America, including 550 locations in Macy’s Department Stores, generating over $500 million annual revenue.

Throughout his career, Stu has been instrumental in the talent selection process for executives across the organization including Web, Finance, Human Resources, Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Planning.  His reflective, thoughtful approach and ability to see all sides of a situation add valuable insight to the challenges retailers face in building their brands and businesses.

About McDermott & Bull 

McDermott & Bull has been redefining expectations within the world of executive search since 2001. The firm’s practice leaders, all of whom have substantial executive experience, are uniquely positioned to address the dynamic leadership demands of public and private companies across nearly every industry.  With the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, McDermott & Bull is powerfully equipped to service both the permanent and interim needs of its clients.  Respected companies including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Chicken of the Sea, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, as well as portfolio companies owned by private equity firms such as Riverside Company, Sun Capital Partners, ClearLight Partners, Swander Pace Capital, Chicago Growth Partners, and Riordan, Lewis & Hayden, have all partnered with McDermott & Bull.  Additionally, 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.