RiseSmart Appoints Michael Gray as Vice President of Products

November 16, 2016

Gray Brings 15+ Years of Experience in the HR and Recruiting Space to the RiseSmart Team

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 16, 2016 — RiseSmart, the leading provider of contemporary career transition services, has appointed Michael Gray, formerly an executive at Bold, Monster.com and BrassRing, as the company’s new vice president of products. In this role, Gray will set and drive the product vision for the company in its pursuit to be the global market leader in career transition services.

Gray joins RiseSmart with over 15 years of executive leadership experience from leading HR and recruiting companies. He has a strong track record of managing the development of complex enterprise applications from the ground up as well as overseeing global products lines generating hundreds of millions of dollars.

Gray recently served as senior director of product management at Bold, where he owned the product roadmap and spearheaded a team developing a recruiting platform. Prior to that, he served as recruiting solutions director at Healthcare Source and drove research and development initiatives for the product group with First Advantage. Earlier in his career, Gray held significant product leadership positions with Monster.com, BrassRing and Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS).

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome an executive of Michael’s caliber to the RiseSmart team,” said RiseSmart President and CEO Sanjay Sathe. “With his breadth of experience and passion for developing innovative products, Michael is uniquely qualified to help us fulfill our mission, which is to develop the outplacement analytics that HR teams want and the innovative products transitioning employees need.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join RiseSmart and have the chance to truly improve people’s lives through career transition services,” Gray said. “I’ve been deeply impressed with the passion, energy and commitment from everyone I’ve met at RiseSmart. I feel privileged to be a part of the team and look forward to a very successful journey together.”

During his 15 years in the HR and recruiting space, Gray has interacted closely with recruiters, hiring managers and jobseekers, learning a great deal about the challenges and pain points each group faces. In addition to his business experience, Gray was educated at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and is also a certified Agile Product Owner.

About RiseSmart

RiseSmart, a Randstad company, is the leading provider of contemporary career transition services and serves organizations in more than 40 industries. Since 2007, RiseSmart's contemporary approach to outplacement – which combines personalized services from trained professionals with proprietary cloud-based technology – has earned awards and recognition from more than a dozen organizations, including Bersin by Deloitte, Gartner Inc., the Brandon Hall Group and Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune magazine. As an operating company of Randstad, one of the leading HR services providers in the world that places more than 600,000 people in new roles every day, RiseSmart delivers meaningful results with landing rates exceeding 80 percent and time-to-placement averages 60 percent faster than national averages. For more information about RiseSmart’s career transition solutions, visit www.risesmart.com.