McDermott & Bull and Client Panda Restaurant Group Announce the Placement of Leonard Yip as Vice President of Information Systems

IRVINE, LOS ANGELES, PLEASANTON, and RIVERSIDE, California, July 7, 2009 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Leonard Yip as Vice President of Information Systems of Panda Restaurant Group in Rosemead, California.

“With more than 10 years of Senior IT and Application Development Management experience for retailers and an extraordinary educational pedigree, Leonard brings the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm to make a tremendous impact at Panda Restaurant Group,” said Jeff Black, Managing Principal Consultant at McDermott & Bull. “To support our client, we needed to ensure the individual chosen for the position possessed all the requisite technical and leadership expertise, but most importantly, Leonard is also the ideal fit for this highly values-based and culture-rich company.”

Prior to joining Panda Restaurant Group, Yip was the Vice President of IT and Director Application and Development at Hot Topic Inc., a specialty retailer that targets music-loving teenagers with over 800 stores nationwide. At Hot Topic, he led an IT team that supports brick-and-mortar stores, 2 online websites, and the development of new concepts. Yip has also had 5 years of extensive experience in supply chain management, logistics, and inventory planning at Llamasoft Inc.

Yip received his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Management and his Master of Computer Science and Engineering from Brigham Young University. He also earned a Juris Doctorate at Western State University at the College of Law in Fullerton, California.

About the Client

Panda Restaurant group ( is the industry leader in Asian food service. While versatile in non-traditional venues such as malls, airports and amusement parks, the majority of Panda’s portfolio is made up of street locations. Panda continues to aggressively accelerate its development focusing on end-caps, free-standing buildings, and drive-thru concepts. Panda’s mission is to deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives. The company has put its people at the forefront of its success, supplying countless tools for professional advancement as well as personal growth. The company’s significant expansion plans mean unparalleled opportunities for those with a passion for Panda.

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.

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