IRVINE, California, February 13, 2017McDermott & Bull, the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas and the fastest-growing firm within the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters list, has been retained by Orange County United Way to lead its search for a President/Chief Executive Officer.

This executive recruiting engagement is being conducted by the fit Team at McDermott & Bull, which includes Jeff Black, Partner; Jason Pinegar, Associate Principal Consultant; and Kelly Nguyen, Executive Search Coordinator; as well as Chris Bull, Managing Partner; Rob Gross, Associate Principal Consultant; and Amanda Lange, Recruiting Associate.  “In consideration of our firm’s longstanding commitment to making a difference in the community through Board roles and both team/individual volunteerism, we are extremely proud to have this special opportunity to serve in helping Orange County United Way realize its vision for improving lives in Orange County,” said Black. Bull added, “It is truly an honor to work alongside an organization such as Orange County United Way.  Our team at McDermott & Bull is committed to finding the best candidate to compliment the successful run of their long-time CEO, Max Gardner.  Orange County United Way will continue to make a difference in the lives of our community.”

Max Gardner, Orange County United Way’s current President and CEO, recently announced his plans to retire once a successor is chosen later this year.  The President/CEO is the leader of the Orange County United Way organization, establishing a vision for Community Impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers alike.  They are the Chief Mobilizer; leveraging the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community.  The President/CEO possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization, and is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good—creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact.  They are the steward of the brand and understands their role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way—they value networking and strive to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships and strategy.

About Orange County United Way

Orange County United Way (OCUW) is a leading voice, respected advocate and powerful influencer across the entire non-profit and social services landscape as well as the corporate and philanthropic communities.  OCUW serves as a dynamic community leader and change agent.  The organization is an inspirational visionary for improving lives in Orange County.  However, beyond mere inspiration, through proactive and dynamic Community Impact Programs, Orange County United Way is directly leading the changes necessary so the next generation can prosper and succeed in all aspects of life.  At Orange County United Way, the goal is to create a stronger community where everyone has access to a quality education, a sustainable income, better health and stable housing—the building blocks for a good life.

Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been at the forefront of health and human care services in Orange County.  While the community has changed over the years, their mission to improve lives and strengthen the community has remained the same, while their model has evolved to even more effectively address key critical issues.  They continue to mobilize the caring power of Orange County—by collaborating with nonprofit agencies, corporate partners, and generous donors—to meet the greatest needs of the community.

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McDermott & Bull has been redefining expectations within the world of executive search since 2001.  The firm’s practice leaders, all of whom have substantial executive experience, are uniquely positioned to address the dynamic leadership demands of public and private companies across nearly every industry.  With the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, McDermott & Bull is powerfully equipped to service both the permanent and interim needs of its clients.  Respected companies including Aramark, Epson America, Hyundai Capital America, In-N-Out Burger, Kaiser Aluminum, Unified Grocers, Western Federal Credit Union (UNIFY Financial Credit Union), Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Chicken of the Sea, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, as well as portfolio companies owned by private equity firms such as Riverside Company, Sun Capital Partners, ClearLight Partners, Swander Pace Capital, Chicago Growth Partners, and Riordan, Lewis & Hayden, have all partnered with McDermott & Bull.  Additionally, the firm’s Executive Network program provides valuable resources for and offers opportunities to build meaningful relationships with thousands of C-Suite and VP-level executives throughout the country.