Ray Fortney is an experienced executive search consultant with over 40 years in general management, executive leadership and executive search, with an extensive background in the technology, sustainability/cleantech, energy, and engineering/construction sectors. He has worked for Fortune 100 global companies and small venture-backed startups. Ray was previously a partner at David Powell, Inc. and Spencer Stuart. He was also the Founding Partner of Cleantech Search, the executive search business of the Cleantech Group, LLC.
Ray has successfully completed assignments for Fortune 500 firms, and venture capital and private equity back companies in industry, technology and the cleantech sectors. These assignments have included CEO, C-level and VP level searches across all disciplines and functions. He leverages his executive experience in the engineering and utility industries to better assist his clients. As a member of Cleantech Leadership Solutions, the LGES Cleantech Practice, Ray specializes in energy generation, alternative energy, nuclear power, smart grid, water, and energy efficiency.
Prior to his career in executive search, Ray held several executive positions including President and CEO of VECTRA Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCTR), an international services and technology company serving the power industry. He was previously executive vice president of CellNet Data Systems, a provider of smart grid technology for electrical utility industry. Ray also served as President and CEO of Impell Corporation and a group president at Combustion Engineering, Inc. (NYSE: CE), serving the nuclear, fossil and renewable energy industry. He has served on public, private, international, and non-profit boards of directors. His background includes extensive international experience with major clients in Canada, England, France, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. Ray began his career as an officer in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine program and served on nuclear submarines in San Diego and Hawaii. Ray earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (with distinction) from the US Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (NRC Scholarship). He also attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has been licensed as a Professional Engineer in over 20 states.
Ray lives in Danville, California. He is active in community affairs including education, charities, and public policy, and is a member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association's President Circle. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation and the USS Hornet Museum.