James Gates


James practices in DHR’s Advanced Technology, Healthcare and Private Equity groups and is based out of the Atlanta office.

James brings a strong operational background to his search work with an emphasis on venture-backed and private equity businesses – areas in which he has deep expertise for advising clients on market conditions and talent. Known for being an agile consultant, James is adept at recruiting C-Suite, Vice President and Director level candidates in the technology, healthcare and franchised concepts spaces.

James joined DHR in June of 2020, after being in search with a regional boutique firm for five years. Prior to his executive search career, James helped launch Silicon Valley-based tech startup, FotoIN, the leading SaaS mobile endpoint for business photo documentation and reporting. Serving as Chief Operating Officer, he took the company from beta to revenue in 18 months by driving target market adoption and establishing channel partnerships with some of the best-known cloud storage businesses. Prior to that, James spent several years in corporate healthcare.

James is an Advisory Board member at Shepherd Center Hospital and formerly served on the Board of Directors for Ecrebo, a SaaS retailer-to-customer communication channel technology company headquartered in London and backed by Octopus Ventures, one of Europe’s largest venture capital teams. He is an active member of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal currently serving on both its church’s vestry and its school’s board.

James attended the J.B. Fuqua School in Farmville, Virginia, and has served as its commencement speaker. He earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from University of Georgia, where he played on the lacrosse team. James was also selected to University of Georgia Alumni Association’s “40 Under 40” recognizing distinguished young alumni.

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