Charlie Gray, a seasoned people strategy and operations executive, joined ZRG in 2023 as a Managing Director. With nearly 30 years of experience, he has played a pivotal role in leading the people operations of technology, media, and healthcare companies.
Charlie’s career in shaping organizational success began with significant contributions to the growth of Google’s advertising sales team. Actively helping to develop the company’s People Operations framework, his role extended beyond traditional HR functions.
After leaving Google, Charlie lent his expertise to various startups, including RecycleBank and Patch, where he held executive positions such as Chief People Officer and EVP of HR & Operations. During his impactful leadership at Patch, he oversaw the company’s rapid growth from 100 employees to 1,500 in just one year.
In 2012, Charlie founded Gray Scalable, a leading consultancy in New York City specializing in comprehensive services for growing tech startups. Under his leadership, Gray Scalable became known for embedded recruiting (RPO), executive search, interim HR solutions, and compensation consulting. The company served over 200 early- to mid-stage companies, with notable clients including SoundCloud, BuzzFeed, and Skillshare.
Charlie holds a BFA in Music Performance and a BA in English Literature, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Hobbies and Interests
Beyond his professional endeavors, Charlie enjoys skiing and tennis and is passionate about travel. He appreciates good food and good company.