About Us

Shaping businesses, changing lives.

Acertitude is a reimagined executive search firm and leadership consultancy committed to unleashing human potential.

We believe in the unstoppable power of brilliant people at work – their ability to reshape an entire business, to empower a whole team, to change their lives and the lives of the people they care about for good. So our focus is singular: finding the right individual, for the right role, at the right time to unleash change.

Specialized in board, c-level, and senior executive search, we serve as trusted advisors to top leaders across nine major sectors: business and professional services, consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, industrial, private equity, social impact, and technology.

Each business we work with we treat as our own, taking ‘extreme ownership’ over clients’ needs and seeking to understand everything about them. This closeness enables us to work seamlessly and quickly to deliver impact. Using tools, technology, and talent, we rigorously vet candidates to put forward only the people destined to make a difference.

Learn more at www.acertitude.com


Solutions And Expertise

Make your leadership team extraordinary.

Our sweet spot is solving leadership challenges to help you unleash your biggest ambitions.

  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Private Equity Services
  • Succession Planning
  • Accounting/Audit
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agriculture
  • All Industries
  • Alt. Investments
  • Asset Management
  • Associations
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Clinical Research
  • Cloud Based
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Commercial Banking
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cultural Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Foundations
  • Global Markets
  • Healthcare Services
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Tech
  • Industrial
  • Industrial Products
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Luxury
  • Machine Learning
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources
  • Non-Profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Payments/Processes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Sovereign Wealth
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Trade Finance
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Consumer Services
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Acertitude Grows Global Technology Practice

Executive search firm Acertitude has expanded with the addition of Scott Jacobs to its global technology practice as a partner. “A well-respected executive in the global technology recruitment space, Scott is an ideal fit for our quickly-scaling tech team,” said Rick DeRose, co-founder and managing partner of Acertitude. “His vast experience in C-level search and assessment in

Acertitude Names Managing Partner

Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the ladder within their respective firms. Just recently, executive search firm Acertitude appointed Nate DaPore as managing partner. “During the past few years, Nate has played a meaningful role in the success and growth of Acertitude — of particular note, standing up and leading a high-performing healthcare and life sciences

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

Press Releases

Acertitude Recruits Chief Operations Officer for Comvest-Backed Innovative Hearth Products

NEW YORK, NY, September 25, 2018 — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential globally, has recruited Jason Pickering as chief operations officer of Innovative Hearth Products (“IHP”), a leading manufacturer of indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Owned by middle market private equity firm Comvest Partners, IHP was created out of the merger and rebranding of two

Due diligence: 3 personality traits to look for in a company’s leadership team

NEW YORK, NY, Sep 25, 2018 – A private equity firm’s success is only as good as its due diligence process, so it’s no surprise that firms are increasingly emphasizing this critical first step. According to the Boston Consulting Group, PE firms around the globe have nearly $1 trillion in capital waiting to be invested. The competitive environment

Acertitude Recruits Chief Technology Officer for PE-Backed DRB Systems

NEW YORK, NY, May 1, 2018 — Acertitude, the executive search firm that’s unleashing human potential globally, has recruited Richard Harris as the new chief technology officer of DRB Systems (“DRB”), a leading provider of technology-enabled devices and software solutions to the car wash industry. Reporting directly to the chief executive officer, Bill Morgenstern, Harris will

Executive Search Firm Acertitude Appoints New Managing Director

NEW YORK, NY, September 13, 2017 — Acertitude, the executive search firm on a mission to unleash human potential, today announced that Nate DaPore has joined the firm as Managing Director. DaPore partners with businesses to recruit board members, CEOs, and senior business leaders across private equity, technology, and health care. “Nate is a stellar

Acertitude Recruits President for Leading Building Products Company CPG International

NEW YORK, NY, September 6, 2017 — Acertitude, the executive search firm on a mission to unleash human potential, is proud to complete the executive search for the president, AZEK Building Products, for CPG International, a leader in premium, low-maintenance, exterior building products sponsored by private equity firms Ares Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.



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