Founded in 2018 by industry veteran Peter Hannaford, Portman Partners was initially formed as the Executive Search division of Datacenter People, the recruitment firm he founded in 2010. Datacenter People was the first recruitment firm to focus on the datacentre industry worldwide and since has risen to become the leader, working with top clients from the internet and cloud infrastructure sectors. Datacenter People was sold in 2020 and Portman, now independent, operates exclusively at leadership level, specialising in C-suite and other senior executive positions. Unique in its field, Portman is dedicated to finding the top talent in the world of Digital Infrastructure. Working with investors, hyperscale operators, regional colos, designers, construction firms, plant and equipment manufacturers, and technology companies around the world, Portman will find the great talent required to help clients on their journey along the path of digital acceleration.

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Unique Insight.
Unique Process.


  • Leadership Partners

  • Culture-Shapers

  • Strategic Advisors

  • Board Advisors

  • International Offices

Our clients seek candidates with potential and capability, qualities such as intellect, values, motivations, proven leadership ability and experience. As a boutique search firm, we know those candidates and what our client companies expect so we can swiftly provide the right talent in less time than larger recruiting agencies. In addition, we are adept at identifying emerging talent and leaders, looking beyond just what the candidate has done before, and seeing what they are capable of accomplishing. Above all, Portman's industry focus and knowledge, along with our expertise in senior level search, has proven that we know whether a candidate will be a good fit with your company. And, we get it right the first time, every time.

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