Culture matters. Every company thinks about how they want employees and customers to feel.
I wanted to offer insight for you into the profile of one of the clients in our FIT-focused search practice (see the practice description below). The clients who we serve best are those that believe in the importance of how people fit their culture.

Panda Restaurant Group

At Panda, developing people means so much more than preparing people for promotion on their job. Developing people at Panda means an entire company focused on each individual becoming everything possible…their personal and professional fulfillment, their confidence, their comfort in their own skin…in addition to their effectiveness. For Panda, the success of the Company is a function of the combined individual “successes” of each individual.

Being at the Panda Support Center (it is not called the headquarters), or being in any Panda restaurant including Panda Express, you will find yourself surrounded by universal positivity. Each individual is uniquely “lit up” and inspired, as each of them knows that the Company’s Vision is to “be recognized as a World Leader in people development to become loved by our Guests.” Each Panda person knows how important their growth is to the Company. Panda is also highly proactive about their service to the community through the extraordinary Panda Cares programs.

The continual rapid growth of the Company – on an undeniable upward trajectory – is a direct result of the culture of individual growth for each associate. Standards are very high, but inspired and growing people are more capable of exceeding the highest of expectations. A company populated by 30,000 people growing as individuals at the greatest possible rate of speed cannot help but be wildly successful. Panda’s results make it clear just how true this has proven to be.

I hope this profile provides you some ideas relative to how your own company culture is evolving. We would love to help your company or other companies you know in recruiting winning talent.

Please let me know when we can connect.

McDermott & Bull Executive Search – The FIT Practice
We believe that “the most important things” in the cultures of our clients serve as key tools that we leverage to ensure FIT, along with using our own proprietary tools. When talent FIT is truly ideal, everyone and everything benefits… not just the candidate and the company’s results, but synergy is created that benefits every other employee, their families, and each of the company’s customers. Please take two minutes to view our Culture FIT Video. Please look below to learn about our recent search successes. Thanks very much!


Jeff Black
Partner, McDermott & Bull Executive Search

Mobile: (714) 356-1949 Office: (949) 529-2672
2 Venture, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618

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I believe creating relationships that truly fit makes a big difference in the world

Active Retained Search Engagements:

VITA North AmericaPresident
Panda Restaurant Group: Exec. Director – Product Innovation; Director – Marketing Planning; Director – Digital Marketing; Director – International Supply Chain
CaltrolSr. Director of Lean Enterprise and Operations
Silverado Care: Vice President of Operations – Hospice; Compliance Officer/Vice President of Compliance
Cal-Am PropertiesAssistant Corporate Controller
Ducommun Inc. (NYSE:DCO): Director of Product Integrity, Structural Systems Group
Golden State FoodsDirector of Quality, Liquid Products

Recent Search Completion Successes:

Chief Financial OfficerH&S Ventures (Henry/Susan Samueli Family Office)
Vice President of Sales; Vice President of Marketing – Juanita’s Foods
Vice President of North American Manufacturing, Sauces and Condiments; Vice President, City of Industry Manufacturing; Director of Manufacturing Accounting – City of Industry ManufacturingGolden State Foods
Sr. Director of Compliance and Education, Hospice – Silverado Care
Vice President of Operations; Director of Franchise SalesFarmer Boys Restaurants
Vice President of Supply Chain ManagementCorazonas Foods
Chief Information Officer; Vice President of Human ResourcesEaster Seals Southern California
Vice President of Real Estate; Vice President of Human Resources; Executive Director of DesignPanda Restaurant Group
Sr. Vice President, North American SalesAccuride International
Materials LeaderSnap-on Specialty Tools (NYSE:SNA)
Vice President of Financial Operations; Aerostructures Segment Controller; Plant ControllerDucommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO)
Vice President of Sales/Chief Revenue Officer; Director of Food & Beverage; Director of Human ResourcesAnaheim Ducks/Honda Center