Acertitude Recruits CEO for United Site Services

January 25, 2024 – Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited James Hyman as CEO of United Site Services (USS), a provider of portable sanitation and temporary site services. Kevin O’Neill, co-founder, managing partner, and leader of the Industrial practice at Acertitude, led the search together with Max Stubenvoll, principal overseeing business services in North America. The team is relied upon by private equity firms and portfolio companies for their assistance in strategic transformation projects and the recruitment of executives who can expedite growth initiatives. “We are pleased to welcome James to United Site Services,” said Bryan Kelln, partner at Platinum Equity and interim CEO for USS. “He has a track record of delivering large and sustained improvements in operating and financial performance that he can leverage here at USS.

“James is a seasoned CEO recognized for his ability to spearhead operational improvements across service-based enterprises,” said Mr. O’Neill. “We look forward to seeing how he adds to the next chapter of USS’ growth story and appreciate the opportunity to serve as trusted advisors to the teams at Platinum Equity and USS.”

Mr. Hyman brings more than 25 years of experience in business leadership, with a proven track record of driving demonstrated performance improvement, particularly for multi-location, service businesses. His previous CEO positions include Citizens Parking, Community Education Centers, Corizon Health, Cornell Companies, and TestAmerica Laboratories. Mr. Hyman has also served on the board of multiple public and private companies.

Headquartered in Westborough, MA, United Site Services operates in more than 100 locations with over 200,000 units. It is a provider of a full offering of solutions including portable restrooms, hand hygiene solutions, temporary fence, trailer solutions, roll off dumpsters and more. For over 20 years, USS has helped keep environments safe and clean for construction workers, emergency responders, live event attendees and more.

Platinum Equity is private equity investment firm founded by Tom Gores in 1995, headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA. The firm focuses on leveraged buyout investments of established companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Since 1995, Platinum Equity has made over 200 acquisitions across a broad array of industries, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics and distribution, industrials, manufacturing, media, real estate, prison communications, and automotive.

Strategic Partner

As a strategic partner to Platinum Equity for over 15 years, Acertitude has made over 300 executive placements at the fund and across its portfolio. Alongside the CEO search at USS, the team recently bolstered the leadership teams of Husky TechnologiesPelican ProductsSVP Worldwide, Cabinetworks, and others.

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Founded in 2015, Acertitude specializes in recruiting CEO, C-suite, and executive talent in the consumer, financial, healthcare and life sciences, industrial, private equity, professional services, and technology sectors. Its consultants work from offices in Boston; Dallas; Miami; London; New York; Philadelphia; Providence, RI; Raleigh, NC; Shanghai; and Washington, D.C. Acertitude’s global professional services practice recruits leadership talent for technology services, strategy and management consulting, turnaround and restructuring, M&A and deal advisory, business process outsourcing, and human capital advisory firms.

Acertitude Fills Senior AI Position for DXC Technology
Acertitude has recruited Howard Boville as the new executive vice president and global lead of applications services and artificial intelligence of NYSE-traded DXC Technology, a Fortune 500 global technology services company. The search team was led by Kevin O’Neill, co-founder and managing partner, and Guy Barnes, managing partner and leader of the firm’s global professional services practice. “Howard is a solid executive, with strengths leading large-scale, cloud-focused global transformations,” said Mr. O’Neill. “That background combined with his deep knowledge of data applications and AI are a great fit for DXC as they pursue their next stage of growth.”

“We are delighted to welcome Howard to the DXC leadership team,” said Mike Salvino, chairman, president and CEO of DXC Technology. “He is an IT services expert with proven experience in creating growth strategies and executing against them, which we will apply to applications and AI. Howard will work with our teams and customers to modernize applications and use AI to ultimately help DXC grow revenues and expand margin, EPS and FCF.”

With more than 25 years’ experience in global talent consulting, Mr. O’Neill has conducted over 2,000 searches for notable companies and private equity firms globally. He leads the firm’s global consumer and industrial practices, and co-leads the firm’s global private equity practice. Acertitude’s growth builds on Mr. O’Neill’s leadership of O’Neill Consulting, an Acertitude company specialized in management search, which he founded in 1996.

Mr. Stubenvoll is a principal in the consumer and industrial practices at Acertitude. Based in New York, he is involved in search projects for board members, chief executive officers, financial officers, and senior leaders of private equity-backed businesses. His wide range of expertise spans executive search, pre-deal advisory, and strategy consulting across multiple relevant sectors and industries. Before joining Acertitude, Mr. Stubenvoll helped a range of private equity investors with pre-deal search and transaction support assignments as a senior associate on the consumer & business services team at Skillcapital.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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