IRVINE, California, February 10, 2017McDermott & Bull, the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas and the fastest-growing firm within the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters list, is pleased to announce the successful appointment of Derek Bennett as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis with Bridgepoint Education, a publicly-held education services company.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Rod McDermott, CEO & Co-Founder; Garrett Lipus, Principal Consultant; Jared Moriarty, Associate Principal Consultant; and Amanda Lange, Recruiting Associate at McDermott & Bull.  According to McDermott, “This is a very important role for Bridgepoint and we are thrilled that Derek will be the man for the job.  He is not only a superstar in the FP&A function, but also a great cultural fit for Bridgepoint.  It is a great match.”

Bennett comes to Bridgepoint Education with a background of leading financial planning operations for very high-profile organizations, most recently as Senior Director of Finance at Fandango.  Prior to Fandango, Bennett served as Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning for Countrywide Financial and Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for Bank of America’s Reverse Mortgage Division.  Earlier in his career, he was an Associate with Arthur Anderson and then a Senior Consultant for Deloitte & Touche.

Bennett earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Business Administration from Pepperdine University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) is a publicly held education services company that has been operating since 1999.  The company provides admissions counseling and educational programs to students nationwide through their two universities: Ashford University and University of the Rockies.  Bridgepoint’s demographics include students that are typically past the usual college age or in circumstances that prevented them from taking the traditional four-year university route, but looking for a way to further their education that fits their lifestyle.  Online degree programs and financial aid opportunities offered by Bridgepoint make earning a college degree possible for those that never thought it could be achieved.

About McDermott & Bull

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, CoreLogic, 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, Atar Capital, 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.