IRVINE, California, May 19, 2014 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Richard De Jesu as Vice President of Human Resources with Panda Restaurant Group in Rosemead, CA.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Jeff Black, Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Black, “Richard will play a critically important role in leadership with Panda, as the engagement of the Company with its employees is central to the long-term vision for Panda to be recognized as a world’s leader in people development. Richard’s extensive and diverse career HR experience, including his international and multi-cultural experience, allows him to provide extremely valuable leadership and guidance as Panda continues its rapid growth and expansion into new markets. Richard’s focus on his personal development, coupled with his commitment to supporting his local community have developed in him a strong leadership character that will pay great dividends for leadership at Panda as well as in support of Panda’s people.”

Mr. De Jesu has over 25 years of Human Resources senior leadership experience in a variety of industries that include investments, entertainment, and banking. He worked for Capital Group Companies as the Vice President and Senior Human Resources Manager prior to his placement with Panda Restaurant Group where he managed global teams of Human Resources Generalists.

Mr. De Jesu graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He is a Committee Chairman for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

About Panda Restaurants

Panda Restaurant Group ( is the largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant company in the nation, dramatically outperforming its competitors. Three concepts – Panda Inn, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San – each provide different flavors, settings and service styles. Today, under the leadership of Founder and Chairman Andrew Cherng and his wife Co-Chairman Peggy Cherng, Ph.D., the family-owned Panda Restaurant Group employs a team of more than 23,000 Associates. Panda Express first began in Glendale, CA in 1983 and has since broadened its operations from Southern California to 42 states, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The success of Panda Express is due in part to the founder’s desire to be involved in the day to day operations of each restaurant. As the industry leader in Asian food service, Panda Restaurant Group has become deeply committed to the communities it serves with donations to countless non-profit organizations. Panda Cares is the company’s community involvement initiative, providing food, funding and volunteer services to organizations benefiting children and disaster relief efforts.

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 Restaurants/Retail and Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Technology, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Industrial Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, 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.