Blue Rock Search

Executive Search: A PE Success Story

A Tailored Human Capital Approach
for Private Equity


A private equity client in the middle-market/growth space focused on distribution, services, and manufacturing with seven PortCos in their portfolio and having just secured their second fund, taking them to $750M in Assets Under Management (AUM), they made the proactive, strategic decision to hire a human capital partner.

The objective was to find an exceptional operational HR executive with a broad background across all HR sub-functions. This fundamentally shifted the focus and talent availability for the search as significant numbers of sitting human capital partners have deep roots in executive searches but not broad HR backgrounds.


Having decided to add the human capital partner to their portfolio services team, Blue Rock was selected as the executive search partner because of our deep knowledge and subject matter expertise in human resources and our proven track record of private equity success.

Following an initial market scan, Blue Rock prepared a custom talent report, including top-line highlights of profile-fitting talent and relevant real-time compensation data. This facilitated a successful working session with key stakeholders, with highly defined candidate specifications and a corresponding compensation strategy to attract the target audience.equity success.

One candidate discussed during the working session — an HCP with 15+ years of HR operational leadership experience in the PE sector — was our agreed finalist less than 45 days post-session.


Blue Rock successfully attracted and hired a human capital partner with 15+ years of HR operational leadership experience in private equity.

Following the human capital partner search, Blue Rock was further engaged to:

  • Execute the search for a head of HR for the client’s
    most recent portfolio company acquisition.
  • Partner with the human capital partner in designing
    and implementing an executive onboarding
    process for new hire leaders.
  • Assist the human capital partner in developing and
    implementing a CHRO round table process model,
    including key topic identification and scheduling

This ongoing client journey is a prime example of what we strive for at Blue Rock when we think of our closely held mantra, Relationships Built to Last. If you’re looking for a trusted partner to help you attract hard-to-find talent to achieve your goals, Blue Rock Search is here to help!

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