Ability Map Pty Ltd is a proud Australian company based in Sydney.

Our Story

Through research over a 10-year period, founder Kevin Chandler identified a massive problem impacting productivity. His research asked hiring managers the question:
“If at time of hire you knew what you know now, would you rehire?”
Hiring managers responded ‘Definitely No’ 32% of the time.

This perpetual one third problem continues to be reinforced by research from EY, Schmidt & Hunter and Bersin.

If a company offering only satisfied customers 68% of the time, the company would be out of business. So why has industry accepted this as a satisfactory performance level for our people? More importantly, why have we built our operations around this mediocre expectation?

The Problem

The root cause of this one-third problem is there are no tools that accurately identify the actual drivers of high performance for specific roles within unique corporate cultures. Current systems are plagued by subjectivity and bias and until it is addressed, significant variability in performance will continue across our workforces.


AbilityMap was founded to fix this problem

Removing subjectivity and bias from Talent Management and Acquisition programs requires an objective, scientific method to quantitatively evaluate jobs and people.

Our Mission

AbilityMap’s founding mission is a ‘commitment to pursue improved human productivity & satisfaction’.  Our business intelligence platform gives leaders unique insights into driving productivity, representing a major breakthrough in people-performance analytics.

Leadership Team

Kevin Chandler

Kevin Chandler

Co-Founder + Chief Science Officer

Kevin Chandler, based in Sydney, is the scientist – a psychologist widely recognised and respected in Australian business for directly impacting the region’s top brands. He founded and grew Chandler Macleod Group into an AU$1B company by recruiting and placing the best people in the right jobs. His commitment to his customers’ success was the catalyst behind his growth and ultimate success.

Mike Erlin

Mike Erlin

Founder + CEO

Mike Erlin, based in Sydney and a native San Franciscan, is an experienced technology executive coming up through the sales ranks. He’s built and led high performing teams for some of the most innovative human capital technology companies in the US, AUS, NZ and SE Asia. Most recently, he served as Managing Director ANZ, reorganising and leading a team that grew to become the fifth largest revenue producer globally within Cornerstone On Demand (CSOD), a US$2.2B market cap company.

Russ Silvestri

Russ Silvestri

Managing Director US Operations

Russ Silvestri, a San Francisco native, met Mike whilst competing in the 1987 America’s Cup. His 25-year career spans the “Buy” and “Sell” Sides of Wall Street. He has run an investment fund and worked in investment banking with Robertson Stephens, where he was a Managing Director. He is a two time Olympian in Sailing.