Rod McDermott

CEO + Co-Founder, Executive Search, Interim Leaders

Rod McDermott is the CEO + Co-Founder of McDermott + Bull, one of the fastest-growing firms in North America with offices domestically and internationally; the President + CEO of M+B Interim Leaders, which he founded along with Angela Anderson in 2011 to address an increased client need for time-sensitive solutions to important leadership challenges; the Founder of the M+B Executive Network, a community of in-transition senior-level executives seeking guidance to land their next role, serving over 10,000 members since inception; and the CEO + Founder of Activate 180, which helps companies elevate employee performance, productivity, and happiness through affordable coaching for all.

Rod has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, growing companies from the ground up and challenging industry norms. His ultimate goal is to meaningfully contribute to the greater good, which is showcased through his passion for hard work, fostering relationships, and conceptualizing solutions for professional development.

Rod has worked with leading companies in financial services, healthcare, aviation and aerospace, and technology, including Honeywell, Bombardier, Boeing, Cirrus, Silverado Senior Living, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust (now Union Bank), and First Republic.

Rod resides in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife Laura, their four children, and dogs. He is a multi-thousand-hour turbine aircraft pilot and flies his CJ2 Jet for business and for his other passions, which include skiing, traveling, and philanthropy as a regular contributor to Angel Flight. Rod received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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