IRVINE, California, May 10, 2012 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Robert Webber as Executive Vice President of Operations and Performance Excellence with the Santa Catalina Island Company in Avalon, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Jeff Black, Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Black, “Rob’s extraordinary executive leadership experience, diverse industry knowledge and his unique educational pedigree position him perfectly to have a tremendous impact for the Santa Catalina Island Company. The growth and expansion plans being pursued by the Company will be greatly enhanced by Rob’s addition to the team.”

Mr. Webber is a 25-year experienced executive including the past 13 years in executive operations roles in a variety of industries and business lines. Before joining Santa Catalina Island Company, he served as EVP/CFO for a privately-held software developer for the airline industry, Zapways, Inc. and had previously served as CFO, COO and CEO for Maui Land & Pineapple Company overseeing the operations of the Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii.

Mr. Webber obtained his law degree from Columbia University School of Law following his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University. After spending five years as a law clerk and practicing attorney, he pursued his MBA at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

About Santa Catalina Island Company

Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a popular outdoor recreation destination also known for its vibrant history as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood celebrities. SCICO ( offers a wide range of services and amenities such as the newly renovated Descanso Beach Club, Pavilion Hotel, Hotel Atwater and Avalon Grille. SCICO’s activities and expedition division, Catalina Expeditions, has added new adventures to its menu of 25 expeditions and activities with the Night Zip, Ultimate Land/Sea Adventure, Cape Canyon Expedition, East End Adventure, Sea Trek Undersea Adventure and many more. Most of the Eco and Extreme Expeditions are aboard bio-fuel H1 Hummers. These excursions are designed to introduce visitors to the island’s rich history, wildlife and backcountry. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, buffalo safaris, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, golfing or relaxing on the beach. Santa Catalina Island Company has operated much of the island’s lodging, dining and tour options for over 116 years.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. 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.