Gray Scalable Names Head of Executive Search

September 20, 2018 – New York-headquartered executive search firm Gray Scalable has named Eric Tenety as head of executive search.

For over 17 years, Mr. Tenety has served venture capital and private equity portfolio companies as well as publicly-listed businesses undergoing transformation through the acquisition of innovative talent. He has worked with a number of founders, operators and investors including the teams behind Atlas Obscura, Meetup, Oden Technologies, Plated, Farfetch, Refinery29, Squarespace, Criteo, Centric Digital, Sizmek, Market Logic Software, JW Player, Coty, Spotify, Particle IO, Ellucian, TransferWise, onefinestay, Livestream, LearnZillion and TransUnion.

Mr. Tenety has also advised several of the world’s largest financial services organizations, including Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS, on disruption, innovation and growth for several of their core businesses.

From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Tenety was a search consultant with Renovata Partners in New York and before that spent four years as director, executive search with Solomon Page Group.  Earlier in his career, he gained search experience with the Landstone Group, Muller & Associates and Solebury Capital Group.

Finding the Best Candidate

“I had a fantastic experience working with Eric Tenety on an executive-level search,” said Fiona Spruill, chief operating officer of Meetup. “From beginning to end, Eric and the team went above and beyond to communicate clearly, to learn and adapt based on my feedback and to move quickly to closing the best candidate. They exceeded my expectations at every stage, and I would highly recommend them to anyone.”

Mr. Tenety and his team execute search engagements across a broad set of functions, including head of people, chief technology officer, senior-level product, growth marketing, sales & go-to-market and finance & operational roles.


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“Gray Scalable is a team of trusted partners known for having a principled, consultative, assessment-based approach to executive search,” said Mr. Tenety. “Every senior executive I’ve ever placed has invariably asked for assistance in building their teams, or for compensation or market-based banding data as they scale a platform. I’m thrilled that I can now offer a broader array of solutions for our clients which are seamlessly delivered and highly integrated.”

Growing Search Firm

Established in 2012 by Charlie Gray, Gray Scalable specializes in recruiting engineers, product, and sales and marketing professionals for start-up and growth-stage tech companies. Its clients include Clubhouse, Bowery Farming, Gemini Trust Company, and Grailed and Heroine, among others.

At the end of last year, the firm opened an office in Los Angeles with the addition veteran talent acquisition professional Darla Hornbjork. For over a decade, Ms. Hornbjork has been assisting tech companies in hiring engineers, product designers, marketing and sales professionals.

“We thought carefully about where to expand our business outside of New York City – and the Southern California area is full of really interesting companies at stages of development where we can provide services with real impact for them,” said Mr. Gray. “It feels a little like New York a few years ago in terms of tech community and market opportunity.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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