IRVINE, California, October 28, 2013 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Kevin Casto as Vice President of Operations with Golden State Foods in Irvine, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Jeff Black, Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Black, “Mr. Casto is an extraordinary leadership talent that can ensure success through Operations and enhancing the already strong culture at Golden State Foods. Mr. Casto’s strong pedigree and leadership experience in the Food Industry, specifically in liquid products, position him well to excel in this role. In addition, he represents an ideal fit with the organization and its core values, The Creed, that guide everything the Company and its employees do each day.”

Mr. Casto is an 18-year Operations leader with experience in manufacturing and distribution in the Food and Automotive industries. Prior to joining Golden State Foods, he served as Senior Director of Salt Lake City Operations for Nellson Nutraceutical. Before Nellson, Mr. Casto joined the Campbell Soup Company in 2004 where he served for one year as a Process Reliability Leader with extensive exposure to Campbell’s liquid products manufacturing process. He then joined a Campbell’s subsidiary, Pepperidge Farms, Inc., where he led for four years as a Plant Manager.

Mr. Casto obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the US Naval Academy. He later received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

About Golden State Foods

Golden State Foods ( is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry, servicing 50+ customers and 25,000+ restaurants from four continents. Founded in 1947, the $5.7 billion company is values based with proven performance in superior quality and customer service in both manufacturing and distribution. With approximately 4,500 employees worldwide, GSF’s core businesses include: processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce, and other services, providing a variety of networked solutions for the total supply chain spectrum. The Company also runs the GSF Foundation for kids, a non-profit organization to help children and families in need.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Food Manufacturing, Technology, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Industrial Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Restaurants/Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank and Union Bank.