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McDermott & Bull Finds Director of Finance & Administration for ESI

IRVINE, California, July 5, 2018McDermott & Bull is pleased to announce the successful appointment of Blendi Kokona as Director of Finance & Administration with ESI, a leading producer of ergonomic work tools that enhance productivity and wellness.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner; Rob Gross, Principal Consultant; and Quyen Doan, Recruiting Associate at McDermott & Bull.  According to Gross, “We’re very happy to have connected the dots between Blendi and this opportunity at ESI.  He is incredibly relevant within this space and we know that we will continue to hear great things about his success with the company.”

Kokona began his career with Payless before joining Rayonier, where he was part of their FP&A function, and then PetSmart, managing the supply chain P&L, distribution, transport, and inventory.  In 2011, he transitioned to leading FP&A and administration operations within the education sector.  At Apollo Education Group, Kokona led the finance and analysis function for five University of Phoenix colleges – totaling over $500M in revenue.  Most recently, he served as the Director of Finance & Administration with Arizona State University, where he managed the contracts with third-party providers, as well as the sub-leases to students.

Kokona received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Washburn University.

About ESI

ESI is a leading producer of ergonomic work tools that enhance productivity and wellness. ESI is known in the industry for its award-winning customer service and high-quality products that are shipped in 48 hours.  ESI’s full line of ergonomic solutions includes monitor arms, height adjustable tables, lighting, keyboard solutions, technology solutions, and accessories.  ESI’s full line of ergonomic solutions is poised for significant growth with their distribution center and showroom headquartered in Mesa, AZ and another showroom located in Chicago, IL.  Additionally, Fellowes Brands, a global leader in business products since 1917, acquired ESI Ergonomic Solutions, in November 2017.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull is an executive search firm that partners with leading companies to identify and recruit leaders for permanent and interim roles.  All of the practice leaders within the firm’s retained Executive Search business have deep executive experience and are uniquely positioned to address the dynamic leadership demands of public and private companies across nearly every industry.  McDermott & Bull’s Interim Leaders team is equipped to service the needs of its clients by placing senior-level executives into temporary roles during critical periods.  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.  The formation of McDermott & Bull Europe gives the firm access to international insights and expertise and makes McDermott & Bull a true global player.