Blue Rock Search Names Leader of Private Equity Practice

August 15, 2023 – Blue Rock Search has appointed Joshua Jones as practice leader for the firm’s growing private equity practice. “Joshua’s invaluable contributions, deep understanding of executive search and private equity sectors, persistent pursuit of excellence, leadership skills, and robust client and candidate relationships, uniquely position him for success as our PE practice leader,” said Ruben Moreno, founder and HR practice leader. “We thank him for his work and commitment to our team and celebrate his transition into this important role.”

“Since joining Blue Rock in early 2018, Joshua has established himself as a key influencer in the executive search community,” the search firm said. “His insights have been featured in top-tier publications like the Wall Street Journal, reinforcing his reputation as a thought leader. With over 15 years of multifaceted business experience across public and private sectors, and strong relationships within diverse private equity communities, Joshua empowers our clients with the comprehensive knowledge necessary to source transformative leadership talent.”

Earlier in his career, at Tech USA, Mr. Jones serviced government and commercial clients with staffing solutions within the construction, engineering, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, information technology, telecommunications, scientific, and intelligence sectors.

“I’m excited to embrace this new challenge and the accompanying responsibilities,” Mr. Jones said. “My dedication to securing long-term success for our clients remains steadfast. As we expand our private equity practice at Blue Rock, I look forward to leading with integrity, working alongside our talented team, and creating a lasting impact. I’m profoundly grateful for this opportunity and keen to embark on this new phase of my career with the Blue Rock family.”

Minority/Female-Owned Executive Search Firm

Blue Rock Search is a 100 percent minority/female-owned executive search firm. As a member of the SRA Network, the firm is also a Hunt Scanlon HR/Diversity Recruiting Power 65 recruiter. The firm’s consultants specialize in the targeted identification, assessment, and placement of executives across four distinct practice areas: human resources, franchising, customer experience, and operational excellence. Blue Rock’s processes, technology, tools, and search methodology are designed to flex to the needs of its clients.

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Mr. Moreno leads the Blue Rock HR executive search practice specializing in the identification, assessment, recruitment, and onboarding of chief HR officers and their teams. As a subject matter expert and specialized executive recruiter, he has been dedicated to partnering with his clients to identify, assess, and recruit the best human resources leadership talent available for over 12 years.

Blue Rock Search Recruits VP of Global Talent Acquisition for LiveRamp
Recently, Blue Rock Search assisted in the recruitment of Akeem Joseph as the new vice president of global talent acquisition for LiveRamp in Sarasota, FL. Director Brian Cox led the assignment. “Blue Rock was pleased to assist LiveRamp with this search to identify their next vice president of global talent acquisition,” said Mr. Cox. “Building an effective team and a people-first strategy is critical to the growth of any organization, and it takes transformative leadership to achieve remarkable results. Akeem Joseph brings decades of experience to the intersection of technology and recruiting, and we are excited to see him make a difference at LiveRamp.”

Nancy Estep-Critchett is founder and executive search practice leader franchise and RPO with oversight of the franchise practice. She has 30 years of successful working experience as a business advisor and executive recruiter in the franchising space. Ms. Estep-Critchett has built solid relationships which have spanned decades with industry professionals and internationally brands.

Recent Alliance

Blue Rock Search has been selected to handle recruitment process outsourcing for White Drive North America. “Blue Rock is proud to partner with White Drive as their RPO services provider,” said Mr. Moreno. “Our approach is designed to make the whole recruiting process, from position opening to onboarding and beyond, seamless and positive for companies and candidates alike, with our core philosophy of ‘relationships built to last’ as the foundation. We look forward to working with White Drive to fill critical roles, achieve growth, and accomplish overall organizational goals.

Part of the Interpump Group, White Drive Motors & Steering has its North American headquarters in Hopkinsville, KY. The company is a global provider of motor and steering hydraulic solutions that power the evolution of some of the most challenging applications across the globe.

Related: Blue Rock Acquires ReCreation’s Executive Search Practice 

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media


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