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McDermott & Bull and Client Agility Fuel Systems Announce the Placement of Nicole Arvizu as Head of Human Resources

IRVINE, California, July 28, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Ms. Nicole Arvizu as Head of Human Resources with Agility Fuel Systems, the market leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of natural gas fuel systems for heavy duty trucks, buses and specialty vehicles. With an estimated 75% market share and customers which include the likes of UPS, Waste Management, Republic, Frito Lay, Gillig, Volvo and Daimler, Agility is revolutionizing the way companies manage their fleets, enabling them to reduce their operating costs. In addition to enabling businesses to operate more efficiently, Agility’s natural gas systems offer a 25% decrease in CO2 emissions versus traditional diesel engines.

McDermott & Bull’s robust search process identified 123 candidates throughout Southern California, presenting 6 very strong HR practitioners to Agility’s executive management team. This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Brandon Biegenzahn, a Partner and the Private Equity Practice Co-Chair at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Biegenzahn, “Nicole’s extensive generalist knowledge and field experience, will enable her to provide expertise and an organizational perspective towards building a Corporate HR function that is responsive to, and anticipatory of, the ongoing needs of the business.”

Nicole is well positioned to play this extremely critical and strategic role as Agility continues on its massive growth trajectory (40% year-over-year since the company’s inception). Prior to joining Agility, Nicole served as the Director of Human Resources for $1B, publicly traded Skilled Healthcare where she oversaw an HR team spread throughout the Western Region of the US, and where she led corporate engagement during the company’s ultimate merger with Genesis Health. Prior to her six years with Skilled Healthcare, Nicole worked in HR generalist roles for Citibank and Ameriquest.

Ms. Arvizu earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and her Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Chapman University.

About Agility Fuel Systems
Agility Fuel Systems (www.agilityfs.com), headquartered in Santa Ana, California, is the leading developer and manufacturer of natural gas fuel systems for heavy duty vehicles in North America. Agility’s highly engineered, proprietary heavy duty natural gas fuel systems store, manage and deliver natural gas to the engine and enable the safe and effective use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel for local, regional, and long-haul applications. In operation since 1996, Agility and its predecessor companies have deployed more heavy duty natural gas fuel systems in North America than any other company.

About McDermott & Bull
McDermott & Bull, Inc. (www.mbsearch.com) is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Aerospace & Defense, Banking, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Engineering & Construction / Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rod McDermott and Chris Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, First Republic Bank, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Kaiser Aluminum, Maxwell Technologies, Kraco Enterprises, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, and the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans.