Patrick Gray, Mercedes LeGrand Featured in Business Insider as Top Space Recruiters

Raines Managing Directors Patrick Gray and Mercedes LeGrand were featured in Business Insider this month as top recruiters in the private space industry. Patrick and Mercedes co-lead Raines’ Aerospace, Defense, & Government Services Practice and offered insight into leadership at top private space companies.

Read an excerpt from the Business Insider article, “10 power players in private space you don’t know but should.”

Aerospace industry advisors Mercedes LeGrand and Patrick Gray are managing directors at the executive search firm Raines International, one of the top search firms for the space industry. LeGrand and Gray have experience with a wide range of human space exploration companies including SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed, Northrop, and Boeing. 

“In short, Patrick and I probably know the key people in the human space flight industry better than any other recruiters on the planet,” LeGrand told Insider.

The aerospace industry was worth $298 billion last year alone, and is expected to grow to $573 billion over the next decade. Insider tapped LeGrand and Gray for their picks of the top 10 movers and shakers in the space exploration industry. These are the people working often behind the scenes to help develop some of the latest innovations in private space exploration.

Read Business Insider’s article in full.


Patrick Gray and Mercedes LeGrand are Managing Directors at Raines International and co-lead our Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services Practice. Reach out to pgray@rainesinternational.com and mlegrand@rainesinternational.com to discuss Aerospace & Defense trends and how Raines can help you identify the difference-makers your organization needs in 2021.