About Us

Leadership. Impact.

Acertitude is the executive search firm on a mission to unleash human potential by placing brilliant people at work.

The firm is deeply committed to building partnerships with clients and driving an effective process to connect organizations with candidates who will thrive in the culture, perform at their best, and enable business transformations.

A firm with global reach, Acertitude serves the executive search market across the consumer, financial, healthcare + life sciences, industrial, private equity, professional services, technology, and nonprofit sectors.


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A Common mindset

We have built our culture around ensuring that everyone in our company, from top to bottom, is aligned with our clients’ goals and working together to deliver a truly distinctive level of service. Our executive search consultants team offers a diverse range of talents and perspectives focused on this common mission.

From the start, we take the time to learn our clients’ stories, and to gain an insider perspective by immersing ourselves in their business and culture. Throughout the search process, our dedicated team works to uphold and elevate the client’s employment brand, and to advance candidates whose qualities align with the client’s unique cultural and organizational profile. At the same time, we develop close relationships with highly qualified candidates, offering the same level of attention and one-on-one care that we extend to organizations looking to make a strategic hire.

Solutions And Expertise

After carefully examining the executive search experience from our clients’ perspective, we identified ways to make their journey as seamless as possible. It starts with taking the time to really get to know our clients – and their individual makeup and expectations – so that we can help them achieve their strategic goals. Like our candidates, our clients are talented, successful professionals: the better we know them, the more effectively we can serve them.

Our emphasis on tracking and evaluating our candidates’ business impact continues after the hire. As part of our core service, we offer expanded services to support each new hire’s successful transition – monitoring and assessing their effectiveness to ensure that they are well integrated into the client’s company culture and workflow.

News Briefings

Acertitude Assists PE-Backed Turkey Hill in CIO Search

Executive search firm Acertitude has assisted in the placement of Julie Rafferty as chief information officer for private equity-backed Turkey Hill, the fourth largest-selling premium ice cream brand. Co-founder and managing partner Rick DeRose and principal Jessica Tvelia led the assignment. The search was completed in just 76 days. Ms. Rafferty brings a demonstrated track-record working for diverse, global

Acertitude Opens London Office

Executive search firm Acertitude has opened a new office in London and appointed Guy Barnes as managing partner to fuel global growth and lead the new location. Working closely together with co-founders Kevin O’Neill and Rick DeRose, Mr. Barnes will help drive the continuing evolution and international growth of the firm. Based out of Acertitude’s London and

Acertitude Recruits CFO for OnSolve

Executive search firm Acertitude recently recruited Bruce Duner as the new chief financial officer of Veritas Capital-backed OnSolve, a global provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based mass notification and critical communication solutions for enterprise, mass market and government organizations. During the pandemic, OnSolve has played a critical role in helping businesses and government agencies with communication and crisis planning challenges,

Acertitude Places CIO for Enlivant

Executive search firm Acertitude has recruited Justin Sheppard as chief information officer for Enlivant, one of the nation’s largest senior living owners and operators with a presence in 27 states across the U.S. Co-founder and managing partner Rick DeRose spearheaded the assignment. As CIO, Mr. Sheppard has strategic oversight for all aspects of technology and is responsible

Press Releases

Acertitude Completes Extensive CFO Search for Digital Marketing Platform Mapp Digital

NEW YORK (Mar. 21, 2019) — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential, has recruited John Fitzgerald as chief financial officer of Mapp Digital US (“Mapp”), a badass digital marketing platform for companies that want to break away from the pack. The company is backed by global investment firm Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”). Fitzgerald steps

Acertitude Recruits Head of Operations for Science-Driven Talent Lifecycle Management Company

NEW YORK, NY, Jan 29, 2019 — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential, has recruited Larry Brown as senior vice president and head of operations for Engage2Excel Group, a leading provider of consumer loyalty and employee engagement solutions in the HR industry. Engage2Excel Group is sponsored by private investment firm Comvest Partners, which acquired

Acertitude Recruits Three Leaders to Drive the Next Leg of Transformation for Dexter Axle

NEW YORK, NY, Dec 4, 2018 — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential globally, has recruited three new leaders for Dexter Axle (Dexter), a leading manufacturer of trailer axles, suspensions, and braking systems and a subsidiary of DexKo Global Inc. (DexKo). Ernest Carey joins as chief operating officer, John Economou as vice president of

Acertitude Recruits Chief Technology Officer for Oncology Health Technology Pioneer Cota Healthcare

NEW YORK, NY, Oct 16, 2018 — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential globally, has recruited Bernard Chien as chief technology officer of Cota Healthcare, a real-world data and analytics company. Effective today, the addition of Chien expands the company’s capability to deliver enabling treatment insights that improve patient outcomes and reduce the total

Acertitude Rebuilds Borden’s C-Suite, Adding Top Talent from Frito-Lay and Snyder’s-Lance

NEW YORK, NY, Oct 3, 2018 — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential globally, has recruited Craig Musgrove in to the new position of Chief Sales Officer and Satyaki Lodh as Chief Information Officer at Borden Dairy (“Borden”), a heritage American brand and leading U.S. dairy processer and distributor. The two new hires are the



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