IRVINE, LOS ANGELES, PLEASANTON, and RIVERSIDE, California, August 3, 2009 – McDermott & Bull, Southern California’s premier executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Michael Plonski as Chief Technology Officer of in Irvine, California.

“We are pleased to welcome Mike to the team. He brings invaluable expertise and experience to the company,” said Heath Clarke, chairman and CEO. “Mike will be responsible for the development of our local search, advertising and distribution platform, and we look forward to his contributions to the company and our future growth.”

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with again on this very important search. Michael brings to this assignment a track record of success from some very impressive organizations,” commented Craig B. Lipus, Managing Principal Consultant at McDermott & Bull. “Michael is a proven technology leader and will have a significant impact on the continued success of”

Before, Plonski was most recently the Chief Information and Operating Officer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where he reorganized and re-architected the digital media and technology infrastructure to increase the company’s visibility, drive, growth, and reduce expenses. Plonski also had simultaneous responsibilities to streamline technology operations at the Tribune Company as Vice President for Tribune Information Systems and Vice President / Chief Technology Officer at Tribune Interactive. He began his career in the technology sector as a system administrator and programmer at Anderson Consulting.

Plonski received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Norte Dame.

About the Client ( is a leading local search engine and network in the United States. The company uses patented technologies to provide over 20 million consumers each month with the most relevant search results for local businesses, products and services on and over 700 regional media sites. Businesses can target ready-to-purchase consumers using a variety of advertising products.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California with offices in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the San Francisco Bay Area. 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, Manufacturing, Bio-tech and Life Science, Retail, Professional Services, and others. Founded by Christopher Bull and Rodney McDermott, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull works with a large number of prestigious clients in many industries. Some notable clients include Allergan, Advanced Medical Optics, Western Digital, Conexant, Invitrogen, Bausch and Lomb, Black & Decker, Mattel, Boeing, Meggitt PLC, J.F. Shea and Union Bank.