William E. Brewer



Contact Information


Orange County - Direct: (949) 529-2675
Los Angeles - Direct: (213) 259-3932
Mobile: (714) 328-1766


Principal Consultant, McDermott & Bull Executive Search

Bill Brewer is a Principal Consultant with a primary focus within the firm’s Consumer Products Practice, serving both private and public companies, private equity firms, and their operating companies. He is also a member of the Private Equity Practice and the Board Solutions Practice, and a functional expert with our client’s Human Capital/Human Resources needs.

Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, Bill served in the Chief Human Resources Officer role for two privately held and one publicly traded company, ranging from 1,500 to 20,000 employees.  Bill’s deep corporate background includes well branded companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Epicor Software, and Fluor Corporation. His executive search work includes the functional areas of Executive Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Operations, Information Technology/Systems, Legal/Compliance, and Supply Chain.

Bill is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands and volunteers his time with the leadership team of the Career Coaching ministry at Saddleback Church. He also serves as a mentor for the MBA program at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Additionally, Bill serves on the Board of the Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association (OCCABA).

Bill earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Redlands and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. He also received his Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation from WorldatWork. Bill is married with three children and resides in Orange County, California.

Unique in the executive search industry, Bill partners on all search engagements with Scott Meyer. Between Bill’s CHRO experience and Scott’s President/CEO experience, they have engaged retained search firms as clients many times in past roles for senior level leadership needs. This deep client-side background gives Bill and Scott a first-hand understanding of how clients expect successful searches to be managed in terms of communication, speed, skill sets necessary to solve key business challenges in the open position, and most important, delivering truly exceptional “game changing” candidates.  By asking the detailed strategic questions up front, they provide their clients with advice related to the experience an ideal candidate should have and, more importantly, the skill set and organizational culture fit that will deliver exceptional performance.

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