Desmond Pieri

Pieri Desmond

Interim CEO / COO

Interim CEO / COO

I am a professional interim CEO / COO. I am asked by investors and/or board members to help companies get started, restarted, or grow to the next level, having run organizations from pure startups to companies with $25 million in revenue.

Since 2000 I have completed 25 interim roles in the US and abroad. The three situations when I’m called in are:

1. Interim CEO: When the board terminates a CEO, I come in to steady the ship while a search for an industry-specific CEO can be completed.

2. Interim COO: When a CEO (often the founding CEO) wants more bandwidth for a period of time, often during a period of rapid growth.

3. Assist Founding CEO: When investors have funded a young CEO and I’m asked to help build out the team.

I do well at bringing focus and order to an organization, at creating products that leapfrog the competition, and at driving revenue. I hire well and I lead people to achieve aggressive goals, recognizing that every company is ultimately a group of dedicated individuals.

Engagements generally run 3 to 12 months, though some assignments last much longer. Each is a hands-on, operational role.

My industry experience is broad, including:

Cleantech incubator, Coworking space, employee engagement technology, sustainable home goods, ultra-efficiency air conditioning systems, dynamic public transportation, consumer eCommerce, neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing, mobile devices, wireless communication, mobile content enablement SaaS, a not-for-profit start-up accelerator, sound masking, medical devices, software, middleware, computer-telephony, speech recognition, electronic ink, computer hardware, video games, and electronic device monitoring.

My blog says a lot about me, particularly the post that relays how the first thing I did at one turnaround was to clean the kitchen.

In some interim assignments the founder asks me in, while in others it is the investor that initiates the assignment. And each is found via word-of-mouth.