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Blackboard appoints Rick Essex as CFO

Staff Writer | Washington, D.C., USA | February 8, 2018
BlackboardBlackboard, an education technology company, announced the appointment of Rick Essex as chief financial officer from March 2, 2018.
Mr. Essex joins Blackboard from Survey Sampling International (SSI), where he served as CFO since 2012.

Mr. Essex has more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience holding senior operational and investing roles during his career.

Prior to joining SSI, he served as a Principal at Providence Equity Partners, focusing on investments in media, communications, and information services.

Earlier, Mr. Essex held a variety of roles in private equity, investment banking and public accounting with BCI Partners, Dillon Read & Co (now UBS) and Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Essex earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.