Leadership team


Chief People Officer

When it comes to shaping the heart and soul of our organization, there isn’t anyone better qualified than Marcella Butler, our brilliant Chief People Officer. With over three decades of executive experience across diverse industries and functions, including HR, Finance, Operations, and Investor Relations, her well-rounded background means she brings a remarkable blend of expertise and insight to the table.

Marcella’s impressive career in human resources has made a lasting impact on renowned companies like Google, Impossible Foods, and now, Gray Solutions. Her focus lies in crafting and executing HR strategies that align with our organization's goals and objectives, and fostering a culture that empowers Solutioneers to thrive and contribute their best.  

No stranger to academic rigor, Marcella graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a coveted Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Taking her passion for public policy to new heights, she obtained a Master in Public Policy from the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

When Marcella’s not busy leading and innovating, she calls Lexington, Kentucky, home, where she and her husband live with two adorable dogs and a jaw-dropping collection of 17 bicycles. She strives to be a compassionate leader with an unwavering commitment to excellence and inclusivity, and a driving force behind fostering a culture at Gray Solutions where the best want to belong.

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What’s your leadership style?

My first job valued, “Client first, team second, self third,” and that resonated with me and has been my mantra. I think it speaks to servant leadership.


Who has taught you something important?

My best manager taught me the value of constructive feedback. I think that is what made him my best manager ever.


How would your co-workers describe you?

Loyal, relationship-driven, analytical, respectful of personal time


Sweet or savory?

Savory…and a bit spicy!


Rainy day movie pick?

The Godfather


What is something most people don’t know about you?

Ultra-long-distance cycling is my favorite hobby


What is your favorite GIF?

Anything related to herding cats


What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

You’ll know when you find the tattoo…