IRVINE, California, 13 April 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Ms. Fabiola del Rio as Director of Marketing Planning and Brand Management 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, “Fabiola is an ideal fit for the Panda culture centered on developing people. She is an experienced Brand Management leader in consumer products, so she brings an ideal skillset to support Panda’s brand building efforts, but her fit as a leader of people will prove to be an even greater contribution to the success of this purposeful company that is focused on being recognized as a world leader in people development. Fabiola will make a big difference on the Panda Marketing leadership team.”

Ms. Del Rio is a nineteen year Marketing and Project Management leader. She is an executive who is accomplished and comfortable in both multi-brand and multi-year brand planning and is knowledgeable about attracting consumers to brands. Prior to Ms. Del Rio’s placement with Panda Restaurant Group, she served as a Marketing Manager with the Butterfinger product with Nestle USA.

Ms. Del Rio earned her Master’s in Business Administration, Marketing and Strategy and her Bachelors in Science degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California.

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.