July 23, 2015 – Search professionals Kevin O’Neill and Rick DeRose have launched executive search firm and talent consultancy Acertitude, serving the C-level and senior executive search market with what the firm calls “a fundamentally different approach,” aligning search practices to its clients’ business goals and tying consultant compensation to client satisfaction. According to the firm, in a recent a survey of 500 senior managers who paid for retained searches, 79 percent reported that their engagement did not result in the hiring of an “A Player.” The research took place over a two year period and was conducted by Messer’s O’Neill and DeRose.
“Search firm clients across the board say the traditional approach does not consistently deliver the results they need and expect, so we built Acertitude to offer something different,” said Mr. O’Neill. “We leverage our capacity to give individual clients the intensive attention needed to really understand their talent needs and the nature of effective leadership for their individual firm or organization. We focus on the criteria required to deliver the best possible and sustainable outcomes, not just the search process alone.”
“Acertitude ties consultant compensation to client satisfaction,” added Mr. O’Neill. “We believe in this business model that strongly.”
“We apply a data-driven selection process – an empirical approach that recognizes the value of these methods and tools, and that helps take out a lot of the subjectivity that leads to selection remorse,” said Mr. DeRose. “We add to that a special focus on integrating new hires into the organization, so they can make faster, meaningful contributions to performance, and remain engaged over time.”
Acertitude will act as a sister company of O’Neill Consulting Group and Technology Executive Group (TEG). Mr. DeRose is founder and managing partner of TEG, a mid-management executive search and integration partner to clients in the telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled industries.
Acertitude services include operations in Boston, Dallas, London, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh, Shanghai, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media