Acertitude Expands Search Team

September 25, 2017 – Acertitude has expanded with the addition of former PeopleMatter CEO Nate DaPore as managing director. In his new role, Mr. DaPore partners with businesses to recruit board members, CEOs and senior business leaders across private equity, technology and health care.

Mr. DaPore brings over 20 years of experience as a private equity investor and operating partner, software expert, and entrepreneur, having started and exited two businesses. Most recently, he was a managing director at Battery Park, where he advised middle-market health care and technology companies. He was also deployed as an operating partner focused on executive recruitment and operational improvements for private equity firms.

Mr. DaPore spent the preceding seven years as founder and CEO of PeopleMatter, a venture-backed, workforce management SaaS company. The business served global brands such as McDonald’s, Texas Roadhouse, BP and Shell.

Prior to that, he was vice president of enterprise sales at Benefitfocus, which rose from being a start-up to becoming the largest benefits-enrollment software provider in the U.S. In addition, Mr. DaPore sits on the board of directors of three private-equity-backed software companies, serves as a trustee of Hampden Sydney College and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization.

Welcome Addition

“Nate is a stellar addition to our team as our technology and health care practices post double-digit growth and we continue to invest in better serving our clients in these industries,” said Rick DeRose, co-founder and managing partner of Acertitude. “He brings an impressive track record in enterprise software and health care, from building and leading businesses to recruiting and advising executives.”


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Kevin O’Neill, co-founder and managing partner of Acertitude, described Mr. DaPore as an ideal choice for managing director. “Nate is an entrepreneur and proven leader who shares our commitment to the highest standards and building lifelong partnerships with clients,” he said. “We are confident that he will support our purpose to unleash human potential by placing brilliant people at work.”

Mr. DaPore said he was excited about his new role. “I look forward to leveraging my experience as an executive, board member, and operating partner to help clients transform their businesses and support executives in unleashing their full potential,” he said.

Acertitude is a sister company of O’Neill Consulting Group and Technology Executive Group. It specializes in recruiting senior executives for a number of sectors, including consumer, industrial, private equity, professional services, technology, telecommunications & media, healthcare & life sciences, and non-profit & foundations. Its consultants work from offices in Boston, Dallas, London, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh, Shanghai, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

In June, Acertitude acquired Los Angeles-based Olive Avenue Search Partners. Founders Gwen Sabo and Joann Maciejewski have deep expertise in the development of research capabilities, training and development, and identifying and engaging top talent.  Ms. Sabo serves as senior director, execution and delivery. With 20 years in executive search, she is well versed in identifying and recruiting senior talent. She co-founded Olive Avenue Search Partners with Ms. Maciejewski in 2012. Ms. Maciejewski, who serves as principal, has extensive executive search and assessment experience at the board, CEO, and senior management levels for public, private and private-equity-backed companies.

“We started Acertitude with a commitment to drive better results and experiences for our clients and the candidates engaged in our process,” said Mr. O’Neill. “As we continue on this path, it is critical to add leaders who embrace this commitment and who bring cutting-edge strategies and creative leadership.”

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

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