NEW YORK (April 2, 2024) — Acertitude, the executive search firm committed to unleashing human potential, proudly announces the addition of Heather Johnson as a partner working across Healthcare Services, HCIT, and Private Equity.

Heather’s extensive background in executive search, consulting, finance, and operations grants her a distinctive outlook on critical matters concerning organizational strategy and talent, particularly within the healthcare domain. She is widely recognized as a healthcare expert, having completed over 300+ searches in the C-Suite throughout her career.

Rick DeRose, co-founder, managing partner, and leader of the Healthcare practice, commented, “Heather’s deep sector knowledge in services and health-tech, along with her extensive network, client engagement skills, and talent identification capabilities perfectly complement our healthcare expansion strategy. Her addition to our team not only expands our capabilities but also promises to inspire both our organization and our clients to maximize their true potential.”

Heather brings over three decades of experience working in healthcare, private equity, and management consulting, forging robust partnerships with clients and honing specialized knowledge across diverse sectors, including behavioral health, healthcare services, technology-enabled services, pharmacy services, and outsourced services. She has spearheaded executive search initiatives for middle-market, private equity-backed healthcare enterprises and has successfully led numerous high-profile C-suite searches across the sector, driving value creation. Heather brings exceptional, focused, and industry networks to recruit, onboard, and advise high-impact leaders, enabling them to achieve on-target exit for investors.

“I am thrilled to be joining Acertitude,” said Heather. “The firm has built an incredible platform servicing high-growth and PE-backed companies nationally and globally across the healthcare sector, and I admire the unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding leadership teams for our clients. Our shared view to forging enduring partnerships and delivering exceptional talent solutions within this sector positions us to connect our clients with unique and top-quality healthcare leaders.”

Throughout her career, Heather has held various senior leadership roles at boutique healthcare and technology executive search firms, servicing middle-market private equity firms, Fortune 500 enterprises, and emerging companies. She holds her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas.