James Gathercole

James Gathercole, Partner, Odgers Berndtson
is standing for the position of At-Large

Based in Shanghai, James is a Partner in Odgers Berndtson’s Greater China practice. He works across technology sectors and has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, healthcare, and consumer businesses.

James moved to China in 1990 leading start-up businesses in software and entertainment, He started his executive search career as a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, establishing their China business in 2000. He was then a Partner for Korn/Ferry International in Melbourne, before joining a local boutique firm in 2011. While in Australia, James served on the Victorian board of the Australia China Business Council for 9 years. He returned to China in 2015 to establish the North Asia practice of a tech-focused boutique.

James holds a BA (Hons.) in Chinese and Economics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). A native of the U.K., he has lived in Shanghai for nearly 20 years, and speaks fluent Mandarin, as well as some Shanghainese and Cantonese.  James has an American wife and two adopted Chinese daughters.