November 27, 2019 – Executive search firm Acertitude has recently expanded with the opening of a new office in Irvine, CA. This is the firm’s second office in California. Already fully operational, the Irvine team offers the same suite of executive search and leadership consulting services to existing and new clients along the Pacific coast.
“We’re excited about Acertitude’s continued growth into the key Orange County market, a region housing many of the firm’s existing clients,” said Kevin O’Neill, co-founder and managing partner at Acertitude. “This business-friendly and high-quality talent hub is an attractive area for us to expand our local team and seize upon new opportunities as we look ahead toward another year of growth.”
Since its founding in 2015, Acertitude has been on a rapid growth trajectory. It has built a sizeable local client base consistent with Orange County’s diverse economy — from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies — across the area’s central industries: business and professional services, consumer, construction and manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, and technology.
Located in the heart of Southern California, Irvine is a thriving and diverse center of business. More than 23,000 businesses have a license in Irvine, producing over 200,000 jobs, including manufacturing, legal, financial and professional services, software, accounting, scientific and medical research firms.
“We are excited to plant a flag in Irvine and further cement our presence on the West Coast, which is a great place for business, talent and innovation,” said Rick DeRose, co-founder and managing partner. “To recruit the best talent to our clients’ companies, we need the best talent advising them. We look forward to creating a number of local jobs and further expanding our team of strategic problem-solvers in the region so that we can connect businesses with the right leaders and unleash their full potential.”
Mr. DeRose advises leaders of technology and private equity firms on board and leadership selection, often consulting on how influential trends in digital, mobility, cloud, big data, security and the customer experience are redefining the skills and expertise needed at work. He has a strong history of recruiting successful sales, marketing and strategy talent for businesses that are growing rapidly and driving transformative change. He has proven expertise in telecommunications, technology, private equity and professional services.
With more than 25 years’ experience in global talent consulting, Mr. O’Neill has conducted over 500 senior executive and C-level searches in the consumer, industrial and private equity sectors. He also leads and manages the O’Neill Consulting Group, which he founded in 1996. Mr. O’Neill spent his early career with a large search firm in Philadelphia, following client management roles with investment banks Merrill Lynch and Kidder, Peabody & Co.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media