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Candace Barnes Joins Papa Johns as Vice President, Global Head of DEI

Sarasota, FL – Blue Rock Search is proud to have partnered with Papa Johns to place Candace Barnes as the organization’s new Vice President, Global Head of DEI.


Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky, Papa Johns International, Inc. is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company, with over 5,200 establishments across 44 countries/territories and in all 50 U.S. states.


Prior to joining Papa Johns, Barnes spent 15 years at Rockwell Automation. Her tenure there saw her rise through the ranks from supply chain management to leadership roles focused on talent acquisition and DEI, ultimately taking on the role of Director, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs. She is an experienced DEI leader with expertise in supplier diversity talent recruiting, DEI initiatives, diversity outreach, employee coaching and retention, and company culture.


Ruben Moreno,, HR & Diversity Practice Leader and Founding Partner of Blue Rock Search, said, “Blue Rock was pleased to work with Papa Johns on the search to identify their Vice President, Global Head of DEI. Our team, led by Colin Boggess, understands the significance of having an experienced, dedicated leader as the driving force of an effective, multifaceted DEI function. Candace Barnes brings over 15 years of experience in DEI and a proven history of building effective, diverse teams, and we look forward to seeing her share her knowledge and experience to support Papa Johns’ continued success.”


About Blue Rock Search

Blue Rock Search ( is an MBE Certified, 100% minority/female-owned executive search firm specializing in the targeted identification, assessment, and placement of high-impact leaders for their clients. Their founding partners are respected, trusted thought leaders, collectively bringing over 75 years of direct, relevant search experience to their four dedicated practices: HR/Diversity, Franchise, Customer Experience, and Higher Education Executive Search. Blue Rock’s agile service delivery model is designed to flex to the unique needs and expectations of any search, and quickly fill critical roles. Blue Rock Search believes the starting point for a successful search is a strong client relationship built on their core values of trust, mutuality, and commitment—creating “Relationships Built to Last.”

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