A Note From M+B

As we wrap up Q1, I wanted to share some insights into conversations with executive search professionals throughout the industry. Across the board, the industry saw the most successful year ever in 2021 (as did McDermott + Bull) and we all faced the same challenge – bandwidth stretched to its limits due to an influx of searches. 

However, one thing that differentiated McDermott + Bull was our investment in Lean 6 Sigma, which we implemented four years ago and saw a big pay off from in 2021. Many of you have clients that utilize this methodology to remove waste from their processes. When we started Lean 6 Sigma, the goal was simple – create the most efficient search process for our candidates, clients, and our internal team, while maintaining the highest quality of delivery. 

Despite the increased search load in 2021, our time to fill decreased by 13% and was 10% lower than the industry average of 106 days. (Thrive Executive Compensation & Hiring Benchmarks 2021 Report). 

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Denae Bluethmann serves as the Senior Vice President of Recruiting + Development, where she is responsible for expanding the firm into new markets — including the recruitment, training, and development of managing directors — and leading the firm’s LEAN initiatives. Denae joined McDermott + Bull in 2001 as a Senior Recruiter and the firm’s 1st employee! In 2002, she became Director of the McDermott + Bull Executive Network and established programs to help connect senior executives to their peers and the firm.