IRVINE, WESTLAKE VILLAGE, PLEASANTON, and RIVERSIDE, California, December 21, 2009 – McDermott & Bull Executive Search, Southern California’s premier executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Bryan Mandel as Vice President of Business Development of Wild Rocket Foods in Riverside, California.

“It was great working with Wild Rocket Foods and Bob Aicklen again, and we welcomed the challenge in finding them an exceptional business development leader to assist them as they expand their business into new markets,” said Jim MacNee, the Principal Consultant at McDermott & Bull who conducted the search. “Bryan emerged as a performance-driven executive that has excelled at great retail brands such as Heineken, InBev, Pepsi, and Target.”

Before teaming with Wild Rocket Foods, Bryan was the Director of National Accounts at Pernod Ricard USA, managing off-premise channel sales for customers such as Safeway, Costco, Kroger, and CVS. Bryan also led as the Director of National Accounts for both Heineken USA and InBev USA, where he was responsible for developing and growing the sales strategy in the Western U.S.

Bryan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College, Massachusetts.

About the Client

Wild Rocket Foods ( is an exciting, innovative, and consumer focused full-line processor of convenience fruit and vegetable food products, providing individual, bagged, and “ready to serve” produce to the grocery and food service industries. Initially set up to serve Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets it is the newest member of a UK-based agricultural concern known as the Langmead Group, which also includes Langmead Farms, Natures Way Foods, Brinkman’s and Sun Salads. The Wild Rocket Foods business and reputation are built on an obsession with delighting customers with the finest in fresh and natural products.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California with offices in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and the Inland Empire. 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 Technology, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Bio-tech and Life Science, Retail, Professional Services, and others. Founded by Christopher Bull and Rodney McDermott, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull works with a large number of prestigious clients in many industries. Some notable clients include Allergan, Advanced Medical Optics, Western Digital, Conexant, Invitrogen, Bausch and Lomb, Black & Decker, Mattel, Boeing, Meggitt PLC, J.F. Shea and Union Bank.