Joseph Yorio

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Joseph M. Yorio
Born Joseph Michael Yorio
August 24, 1964
Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Alma mater Saint Vincent College (BA), Cornell University (MS), Florida Institute of Technology (MBA)

Joseph Michael Yorio (born August 24, 1964) is an American business executive, former US Army 75th Ranger Regiment officer and Special Forces officer (Green Beret).

Blackwater & Military[edit]

Joseph M. Yorio was recruited to Xe Services after an extensive search by the executive search firm Korn/Ferry International. He joined Xe after 17 years of increasing responsibility in multinational corporations involved with the distribution and logistics industries such as Scott Worldwide/Kimberly Clarke, Unisource Worldwide, Corporate Express and DHL. Prior to entering the civilian sector, Yorio served in the U.S. military, attending numerous special skills schools and serving as an enlisted man and officer in U.S. Army Light Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, 75th Ranger Regiment and U.S. Army Special Forces units. He is a combat veteran and was medically retired from the service as a Captain.


A Jeannette, Pennsylvania native, Yorio was a three sport letterman at Jeannette Senior High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army and attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was commissioned as a US Army Second Lieutenant in the Infantry as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s ROTC program. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Vincent College, Master's Certificate from Cornell University - S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology - Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. Additionally, he is a Board Member of the Lead With Action Foundation and Gallant Few Inc., Advisory Board Member of Game Plan, CEO Challenges and Abila Security & Investigations Inc. as well as an Executive Advisor to Team Unlimited/XTERRA. Mr. Yorio is also an avid triathlete, having completed 10 Ironman triathlons, an Xterra World Championship and is a member of USA Triathlon's Team USA. Furthermore, he is the founder and board member of the 150+ member Cincy Express Multisports Team.

Blackwater/Xe Services[edit]

He is the former President and CEO of Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide and mentioned several times in Erik Prince’s new book “Civilian Warriors” where he is credited with restructuring the company and turning it around while resolving several legal issues, implementing numerous internal controls and compliance programs and improving the top and bottom all the while positioning it for sale to private equity. However, the reference in Prince’s book also reopened old rumors that Yorio as a former Special Operations officer and experienced multinational business executive was a “Green Badger” - contract intelligence officer for one of the US intelligence agencies. It is also rumored that he was awarded the CIA Agency Seal Medal, "For non-Agency personnel, to include U.S. Government employees, contractors and private citizens, who have made significant contributions to the Agency’s intelligence efforts."

Additionally, again it is rumored, that Yorio along with Iraq Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani and the US Army General who commanded the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq were the targets of a planned assassination attempt that was uncovered and foiled prior to execution in 2010.

NYX Global[edit]

Mr. Yorio served as President & CEO of NYX Global LLC from 2011-2014 a business optimization and management consulting company headquartered in Cincinnati, OH that supports commercial and government partners with a global market focus on aerospace/defense, executive protection & security, logistics & supply chain management, tactical & outdoor apparel and equipment. NYX Global is also the parent company of NYX Tactical LLC a specialized distributor of high end tactical apparel and equipment for companies such as Vertx, Kryptex and Combat K-9. Mr. Yorio still serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Concurrently, he also performed the duties and responsibilities of Managing Director for Vertx (a NYX Global client), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of tactical and outdoor apparel and equipment trusted by the world's top operators and outdoor enthusiast. Vertx is the tactical and outdoor lifestyle brand of Fechheimer, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc and makers of Flying Cross military and law enforcement uniforms.

School Specialty[edit]

On April 23, 2014, it was announced that Joseph M. Yorio had been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of School Specialty a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. Mr. Yorio replaced Jim Henderson, who was named Interim President and CEO by the Board of Directors in July 2013. Mr. Henderson will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Yorio has also joined the Board of Directors.