An Interview with our new Managing Director
Meet Yuval Grauer
We’ve welcomed Yuval to the PathMotion family this October as our new Managing Director. From a background in senior leadership and experience with recruitment platforms, we’re excited to see how he will be taking PathMotion to the next level. We caught up with him in a quickfire interview, asking him all the most important questions…
Summarise your career in one headline:
“An evolution from established corporations to dynamic environments”
“Whilst everywhere I’ve worked has always been very international and diverse, there has been a natural progression from larger enterprises towards smaller, more dynamic companies. I started out my career working in marketing at Unilever, a massive consumer goods company. Then I spent time with McKinsey as a management consultant for large enterprises throughout Europe and North America. After this, I started to move towards smaller, more dynamic environments: I worked at GLG, the world’s leading platform for expert recruitment, which actually had quite a lot in common with PathMotion. Now I’m here, it seemed like a natural evolution towards this dynamic workplace environment with the familiar concept of talent technology.”
What made you choose PathMotion?
“There are three parts to why I chose PathMotion:
1. The Business Model – I find the concept extremely exciting. The idea of leveraging technology to connect candidates and employers in a meaningful way is a purpose that I can connect with, both as a candidate myself many years ago and as an employer. The old way of engaging with candidates will only get you so far.
2. The Opportunity – The chance to join a dynamic environment, to be able to test things quickly and receive candidate and insider feedback immediately is something that I’m very excited about.
3. The People – I’m already loving working with such a dynamic, diverse team, who all share the same vision of the product. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.”
Describe yourself in three words.
“Curious, pragmatic, principled”
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff!“
“Focus on the key things that are important to you, the rest will sort itself out.”
If you could have any three people at a dinner party, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
“1. Larry David – He is a genius! He has a unique skill to find humour in everyday situations.
2. Massimo Bottura – He is an incredible Italian chef. I’m really into cooking and so I love how he combines both tradition and modernity in his food.
3. Amos Oz – An Israeli author who sadly passed away a couple of years ago. He had a way of describing his personal experiences in such a universal way that it allowed everyone to relate to them.”
What is your favourite movie and why?
“It has to be Goodfellas… I’ve seen it about 10 to 15 times (actually it’s probably closer to 15!). In my view, it’s the best mafia movie. It describes an extreme way of life – of living on the edge – in such a compelling way. It’s not necessarily a lifestyle I’d want for myself, it’s more of an extreme, fantasy lifestyle. Oh, and the acting, of course, the acting is superb.”
Tell us one fact about you that might surprise people:
“I’m very into cooking, and every time I go to a restaurant, I make a point of trying to get into the kitchen (pre-Covid of course). Often I get to go in and have a look around, and once or twice I’ve even had the chance to help out in one station cooking meals with the chef. My cooking style is very much influenced by where I’m from: I was born in Israel and raised in Spain, so I love to cook Mediterranean-style food.”