Derek Gracey

Practice Leader


About Derek

Derek Gracey is a practice leader at Charles Aris Executive Search with a focus on the finance and corporate development functions in the business and consumer services space.

Derek grew up in small-town, rural Pennsylvania before moving to North Carolina in 2013 to pursue a master’s degree in opera performance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He then made a pivot into the world of executive search, joining Charles Aris in 2015.

Derek and his wife Jordan live in Greensboro with their son Thomas and their dogs, Beesly and Bonnie. They enjoy traveling the world, spending time at Topsail Beach and watching “The Office” reruns more times than you could imagine.


Direct: (336) 217-9152


“[The Charles Aris team] works to build strong interest on both sides; they’re good at match making. Communication was very good, and the team was very responsive. They managed my expectations really well.” – Director of corporate development placed by Charles Aris

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Key Documents

2024 Corporate Development Compensation Report

We’re excited to release our corporate development compensation report, which includes valuable hiring data from real offers we saw Charles Aris clients extend to our candidates in 2023.