Our Leadership

Rod McDermott

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Rod is the CEO and Co-Founder of McDermott & Bull Executive Search, the largest retained executive search firm headquartered in Orange County, and one of the largest in the West. He also serves as the President and CEO of MB Interim Leaders (www.mbinterim.com). Rod has worked with leading companies in financial services, healthcare, aviation & aerospace, and technology, including Honeywell, Silverado Senior Living, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust (now Union Bank), and First Republic.

Rod, along with Angela Anderson, started the MB Interim Leaders business unit in 2011 to address an increased client need for time-sensitive solutions to important leadership challenges, and quickly developed MB Interim Leaders into the fastest growing division of McDermott & Bull. Since its inception, MB Interim Leaders has worked with numerous Fortune 500 public and private companies, engaging interim leaders in assignments including CEO and general management roles, CIO, SVP Human Resources, VP of Shared Services, Head of Strategy & Acquisition Integration, and VP of Talent Acquisition, to name a few.

Prior to establishing McDermott & Bull, Rod was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Technology and Emerging Growth practice at DHR International, Inc., the nation’s sixth largest and fastest growing executive search firm.

Rod currently serves on the Boards of Partners Bank of California and The Mission Hospital Foundation. He has served on the Boards of THINK Together, the American Electronics Association, and the Orange Coast Venture Group. He resides in Laguna Niguel, California, with his wife Laura and their four children. Rod received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Contact Information
Office: (949) 529-2670
Email: mcdermott@mbsearch.com
Blog: www.rodmcdermott.com

Brandon Biegenzahn


Brandon Biegenzahn is President of McDermott & Bull and is based in their Irvine, California headquarters. Brandon is the co-chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice Group, and Private Equity Practice Group where he is a partner to banks and private equity firms, as well as their operating companies.

Brandon is a corporate attorney by trade having practiced with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, and Buchalter Nemer in their corporate finance and real estate finance departments, respectively. As corporate counsel, he advised his clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, asset-based financing, and real property purchase and sale transactions.

In addition to his work at McDermott & Bull, Brandon sits on the Board of Junior Achievement, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating students about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness, through experiential, hands-on programs. Additionally, he is the vice-chairman of membership at Orange County Young Executives, a collection of professionals and executives making a direct impact on Orange County through philanthropy and development of the business community.

Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from Penn State. Brandon is licensed to practice law in California.

Contact Information
Office: (949) 529-2685
Email: biegenzahn@mbsearch.com

Chris Bull

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Chris Bull serves as Managing Partner and a Co-Founder of McDermott & Bull, based in Irvine, California. In addition to leading a team of executive search consultants, Chris has successfully built his own executive search practice catering to a variety of successful clients, such as Experian, First American Financial, Fluidmaster, Kelley Blue Book, SC Fuels, Thomas James Capital Homes, Trojan Battery, Union Bank and Vizio, just to name a few. His long-standing relationships in the community and his vast experience as a former executive have contributed in making McDermott & Bull the leading retained executive search firm in Southern California. He is also called upon to serve as an expert legal witness in the area of executive search. Previously, Chris was an Executive Vice President in the Orange County office of DHR International, the nation’s 6th largest executive search firm.

Earlier in his career, Chris spent six years operating the company he founded, American Liberty Capital Corporation. American Liberty combined cutting edge technology with the standards of commercial and residential mortgage banking retail services to become one of the largest privately held consumer finance companies based in Southern California. The 130-person American Liberty staff operated in 32 states and underwrote more than $300 million in loans in 1997-98. Previously, Chris served as a Vice President for two real estate investment banking firms – Lomas Financial Corporation and Mason McDuffie Financial Corporation. His clients ranged from national real estate developers to local investors, averaging an investment size of $6 million. Chris was a top producer with Mason McDuffie Financial in their Newport Beach office during his tenure.

Chris has served on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Association for Corporate Growth (“ACG”) and currently serves on the Ambassadors Board of Talk About Curing Autism (“TACA”). He resides in Coto de Caza, California, with his two children. Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.

Contact Information
Office: (949) 529-2690
Email: bull@mbsearch.com