IRVINE, LOS ANGELES, WESTLAKE VILLAGE, and PLEASANTON, California, August 16, 2010 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based executive search firm, announces that Mr. Christopher Haywood has joined the firm as an Associate Principal Consultant. Mr. Haywood will be working with companies throughout the West Coast and will be based in the firm’s Irvine and Los Angeles offices.

“We are excited to welcome Chris to the firm. With his previous experience in executive search and work with private equity firms, we look forward to his contributions in growing the firm’s financial services practice, which includes PE portfolio companies and multi-national, industrial tech companies, throughout the West Coast as well as establishing the preeminent diversity practice in Southern California,” commented Rod McDermott, Managing Director at McDermott & Bull. “Chris’ experience in working with senior financial and operations leaders in technology, transportation, and financial services was very attractive to us as those are areas our firm has targeted for growth.”

“While McDermott & Bull has built a great reputation through strong performance and client relationship management, what impressed me most is the leadership,” stated Mr. Haywood. “I am truly excited to join a team that has continued to prosper despite a historic market downturn, while remaining committed to integrity and focused on excellence in executive search. Also, McDermott &Bull’s metrics-driven execution process is the perfect platform to help clients proactively address diversity and inclusion issues.”

Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, Mr. Haywood was a Managing Consultant with Harvard Group International, a retained executive search firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. His personal executive search experience includes work in both private and public companies, often searching for CFO, COO, and senior financial roles for private equity portfolio firms. He was significantly involved not only in advancing Harvard Group’s Diversity Recruiting Practice, but also in growing their West Coast relationships. Before working for Harvard Group, Mr. Haywood was a business consultant in both Strategy and IT groups at Accenture, for the Financial Services, Communications, and High Tech Practices.

Mr. Haywood earned his MBA, with a focus on both Finance and Entrepreneurship, from the UCLA Anderson School of Business. He also received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

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 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 Rodney 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, Boeing, Aramark, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Conexant, Google, Invitrogen, Meggitt PLC, J.F. Shea, Comerica Bank, and Union Bank.