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McDermott & Bull Finds Director, Purchasing & Supply Chain for Balboa Water Group

IRVINE, California, March 21, 2017McDermott & Bull, one of the largest executive search firms in the Americas and the fastest-growing firm within the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters list, is proud to announce the successful appointment of Vicki Blankenship as Director, Purchasing & Supply Chain with Balboa Water Group (BWG), a global designer, supplier, and manufacturer of electronic control systems and equipment for the leisure water industry.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner; Rob Gross, Associate Principal Consultant; and Krista Sietsema, Recruiting Associate at McDermott & Bull.  According to Bull, “We enjoyed the time we spent with Vicki and feel that her 15+ years of procurement, purchasing, and supply chain leadership experience, as well as her vibrant personality, will serve her well at BWG.”

After earning her Bachelors in Business Management, Blankenship spent the first few years of her career in the large enterprise corporate space.  After leaving for a position with EMD, she later joined Allergan as the Manager of Procurement Operations in 2008.  In this role, Blankenship ran a lean team that together successfully rolled out the eProcurement SAP platform with modules and rebate structures.  Most recently, Blankenship was the leader of the purchasing & procurement function at Avanir.  As she did at Allergan, Blankenship created a procurement function from the ground up.  Running on an Oracle platform, she implemented numerous key pieces to the purchasing & procurement function, including an eSourcing tool for vendor consolidation, a code of conduct for supplier management, and deeper utilization of contract manufacturers.

Blankenship earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sonoma State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

About Balboa Water Group

Balboa Water Group (formerly known as Balboa Instruments) is a global designer, supplier and manufacturer of electronic control systems and equipment for the leisure water industry.  BWG offers a complete line of products for the whirlpool bath, shower and hot tub marketplace.  The BWG fundamental commitment to this niche industry has been to provide a simple, comprehensive, one-source solution to their products which include the highest quality in pumps, blowers, electronic control systems, jets, fittings and accessories.  The comprehensive single source solution means customers streamline operations, reduce inventory and supply chain costs, and improve overall productivity.  They are the leading global supplier in the industrial control systems industry with state-of-the-art manufacturing and an unsurpassed reputation for reliability.

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 & Haden, 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.