IRVINE, LOS ANGELES, WESTLAKE VILLAGE, and PLEASANTON, CA, August 2, 2010 – McDermott & Bull Executive Search, a California-based retained executive search firm, is pleased to announce the opening of its office in Century City, California, and that it has named Ms. Meiko Takayama to the position of Principal Consultant. Ms. Takayama will be responsible for opening the firm’s Century City office and continuing to build McDermott & Bull’s practice in Los Angeles and throughout California.

“We’re excited to have someone with Meiko’s extensive experience join our team and represent the firm to continue to expand our practice with her clients throughout the Western US,” said Rod McDermott, Managing Director of McDermott & Bull. “Her background which includes having worked with top senior level executives from many Fortune 1000 companies will align well with the needs of our customers.”

“I’m looking forward to bringing my extensive business network and background in consulting C-level executives to McDermott & Bull and to helping to expand the firm’s brand,” commented Ms. Takayama. “I’m also excited about chairing the Women’s Summit in Orange County and Los Angeles to create opportunities for senior-most corporate women executives to broaden their networks.”

Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, Ms. Takayama was the Managing Director at the Corporate Executive Board where she was the leader in the IT Practice, responsible for launching the CIO Executive Board and similar membership groups on behalf of senior IT leaders. In addition, she has worked with CFOs, General Counsels, and heads of HR, Sales & Marketing, and Procurement from the Fortune 1000 across her 11 year tenure at the company. Ms. Takayama has also been a leading fundraising executive and has worked at the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Ms. Takayama earned her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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, Mattel, Boeing, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Advanced Medical Optics, Union Bank, and Experian.