IRVINE, LOS ANGELES, WESTLAKE VILLAGE, and PLEASANTON, California, September 16, 2010 – McDermott & Bull Executive Search, a Southern California-based executive search firm, announces the successful appointment of Mr. Victor De Leon as the Global Vice President of Sales and the promotion of Mr. Lawrence (Larry) Willey to Vice President Delivery Assurance for Clipper Windpower in Carpinteria, California.

“Clipper has grown rapidly with the demands for sources of clean, renewable energy, and they were looking for the right executives to improve the way the company goes to market from both a sales and delivery perspective,” commented Fleming Jones, Senior Principal Consultant at McDermott & Bull. Partner Marty McMahon added, “With the successful recruitment of Victor and the promotion of Larry, Clipper now has the right combination of leaders to participate closely in developing, implementing, and driving their strategic plans.” This search was co-led by Fleming Jones and Marty McMahon, Principal Consultant with McDermott & Bull.

Prior to joining Clipper, Mr. De Leon spent the last 15 years working for Siemens and Westinghouse Electric. At Siemens, Mr. De Leon was most recently the Vice President of Marketing & Operations for Siemens Energy in Orlando, Florida, where he delivered a significant increase in sales by championing process redesigns and process optimization. As the Regional Vice President of Siemens South America, he grew annual sales from $20MM to $150MM, making the group one of the most profitable in South America. At Westinghouse Electric, Mr. De Leon directed nuclear projects in engineering, manufacturing, supply management, and field operations to ensure all contract deliverables were supplied on time and at or under budget.

Mr. De Leon earned his MBA in International Finance at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He also obtained his Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Clipper, Mr. Willey spent nearly 32 years working for two major corporations: General Electric Company and United Technologies Corporation (UTC). During Mr. Willey’s career at General Electric, he held a number of increasingly senior positions in Large Steam Turbine & Generator, Power Generation Technology, and the past 7 years in Wind Energy. Some of his major leadership contributions included advanced aerodynamics development that significantly improved the industry standard efficiency for large steam turbines and the successful acquisition and integration of the former Enron Renewable Energy wind business into one of most successful new General Electric businesses ever. While at the Pratt and Whitney division of United Technologies, Mr. Willey led teams that established the Fluid Component Integration Laboratory and supported the development of the V2500 – one of the first major aircraft gas turbine engine collaborations in the industry.

Mr. Willey earned his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He also obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut, and his Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

About Clipper Windpower

Clipper Windpower, Inc. ( is engaged in wind energy technology, turbine manufacturing, and wind project development. The company designs advanced wind turbines, manufactures its 2.5 megawatt Liberty wind turbine, and actively develops wind power generating projects in the Americas and Europe. Clipper’s primary offices are in the United Kingdom and the United States. The company’s 330,000 square foot manufacturing and assembly facility for land-based wind turbines is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and its wind turbine development center is located in Blyth, UK. Clipper Windpower, Inc. is a subsidiary of Clipper Windpower Plc. Clipper is a public company listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Clipper’s ticker symbol is CWP.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California with offices in Los Angeles, Westlake Village, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm serves public and privately held clients in a variety of industries including Financial Services, Technology, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and Professional Services. Founded by Christopher Bull and Rodney McDermott, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical talent for its clients. The principals of McDermott & Bull have developed expertise in a variety of growing fields, making the company one of the fastest growing executive search firms in California. McDermott & Bull works with a large number of prestigious clients in a variety of industries, including Google, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Bausch & Lomb, Allergan, Black & Decker, M2 Renewables, Boeing, BrightSource Energy, Advanced Medical Optics, TetraTech, BBA Aviation, and J.D. Power and Associates.