M.T. Ray, a former recruiting executive for ExactTarget and Salesforce.com, has joined High Alpha as vice president of talent.
Ray in January joined the Indianapolis-based venture studio, which creates and adopts enterprise software startups, but the hire was not announced then. Her jump reunites her with some ExactTarget colleagues, including former CEO Scott Dorsey, who’s now managing partner at the year-old High Alpha.
“My love is recruiting, and this gave me an opportunity to get back into recruiting,” she said. “My role had changed with the Salesforce acquisition—I wasn’t recruiting like I had been. So watching what High Alpha was doing, I was excited to build that relationship and come on over.”
Ray, 53, said her new job entails two main tasks: attracting talent to the High Alpha team and helping portfolio companies land leaders and employees.
“She is a terrific leader and will be instrumental in helping us scale our portfolio companies and develop new HR technologies,” Dorsey said in an email.
Ray, who had been an Aprimo Inc. manager, joined ExactTarget in January 2010.
As vice president of global recruiting, she led a team of 45 people, helping grow the company’s workforce from about 500 to 2,800 just before its $2.5 billion sale to Salesforce.com in 2013.
High Alpha, which occupies the 14th floor of Circle Tower downtown, has more than 20 employees. About half have ties to ExactTarget, according to LinkedIn, including partners Mike Fitzgerald and Eric Tobias, Vice President of Finance Blake Koriath and Vice President of Product Matthew Coffman.•