About the McDermott Associates Team

McDermott Associates consultants possess deep business experience as well as broad knowledge of compensation and human resource practices. When you're ready to put our expertise to work for you, contact us.

Donald G. McDermott

Don McDermott is a recognized authority in the field of human resources and compensation with over 30 years of related experience as both an internal and external consultant. He works with boards, business owners, and senior managers in the design of compensation and human resources programs.

He has particular expertise in developing strategic business and operational plans, and aligning innovative compensation and human resources programs to meet company objectives. Some recent consulting assignments include the design of short- and long-term incentive plans, sales compensation plans, equity-based plans, and compensation audits relating to compliance.

Prior to founding D.G. McDermott Associates in 1985, Don held senior human resources positions at Bankers Trust Company, NL Industries, Gulf & Western Industries, and M&T Chemicals, Inc.

Over the years he has been active as an officer and director of several professional associations. In 1988 Don was honored by the American Compensation Association/World at Work by being granted its highest award, Life Membership, for his contributions to the field of compensation.

Don has served as an expert witness in compensation-related cases, and served on the faculty of American Compensation Association and NYU School of Continuing Education. In addition, Don has authored a number of articles related to compensation and human resources issues.

Don has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BA from St. Mary's Seminary and University.


Sandra J. Marshall, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra Marshall is a business psychologist and executive coach with over 25 years of experience as a consultant and internal Human Resources executive.  She helps clients manage their talent pipeline by enhancing their selection, performance appraisal, development, engagement, and succession-planning practices. 

Her areas of expertise include the creation of managerial-level selection, appraisal and development programs, multi-rater (360) feedback, succession planning, executive assessments and executive coaching. She has experience administering numerous executive assessments including the Hogan Leadership Series.  She is a certified Executive Coach (by iCoach New York).

In addition to consulting, Sandra is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies where she teaches in the Masters in Management and Systems program.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Sandra worked as a human resources manager for several large companies. She was most recently at PepsiCo where she was responsible for corporate culture surveys as well as executive development and succession planning. Before that, she was a vice president at Merrill Lynch, where she was responsible for company-wide research on issues ranging from stockbroker turnover to executive development. In an earlier position at Allergan Pharmaceuticals she assessed the readiness of sales representatives to assume field management positions.

Sandra holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University. She holds a BA in Psychology from Queens College where she graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is a licensed psychologist, a member of the American Psychological Association and is past-president of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology (METRO).