Experience. Knowledge. Diligence.


Portman Partners is a full-service Executive Search consultancy specialising in the Digital Infrastructure industry with searches aimed exclusively at the leadership level globally.

Operating throughout North America, LATAM, EMEA and APAC. Portman’s founder, industry veteran Peter Hannaford, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Datacloud EMEA Congress in Monaco for “outstanding achievement spanning one’s entire career”, and the next year was included in the 2019 Power 200 list of personalities around the world who “are leading the datacenter and cloud sectors through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, investment or business acumen or exceptional entrepreneurial skillsets.” Since its inception in 2018, the Portman team has been made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds, each bringing with them a rich heritage and unique perspectives.

These backgrounds shape and inform the insightful perspectives Portman brings to its searches. Whether it’s the individual histories, insights, or values, our collective heritage is integral to who we are.

Our reputation for excellence was built on personal relationships, exceptional service, and 100% successful delivery. At Portman, we are passionate about the digital infrastructure industry, the people leading it, and the new talent emerging from the sector and beyond. Serving as your strategic partner, Portman provides real-time market information, advising on hiring processes and strategic measures that ensure you have the right personnel on time and on budget.

Rich Heritage


Portman Partners focuses exclusively on the Digital Infrastructure industry, with a keen focus on the data center sector. Our market expertise and first-hand knowledge have elevated us to become the industry’s leading executive search firm, working with top clients from the data center, internet, and cloud infrastructure sectors. Unique in our field, we are dedicated to finding top talent for industry investors, hyperscale operators, regional colocation, designers, construction firms, plant, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and technology companies globally.

Our clients desire potential and capability, qualities such as intellect, values, motivation, proven leadership ability and experience. They seek candidates who will make a significant impact on their businesses. As a niche executive search firm, we know how to identify, attract, and hire top talent for leadership positions, and because we partner with our clients to best understand their specific needs, culture, and goals, we can swiftly provide the right people resulting in a ‘best fit’ for both our client and the candidate.​

Unique Perspectives


Talent Doesn’t Just Come Knocking! Portman Partners are adept at identifying emerging talent and leaders, looking beyond the candidate’s experience to see their potential.

Capability is as crucial as proven ability, if not more so. Using bespoke tools, we identify candidates’ natural proclivities, generating insight into each candidate’s impact and how that impact will bring value to the organization. Establishing potential impact-role fit reduces turnover and improves candidate engagement, ensuring ‘best fit’.

Above all, Portman’s industry focus and knowledge, along with our expertise in senior-level search, have demonstrated that we know whether a candidate will be a good fit with your company. We get it right the first time, every time.

Unique Insight


Portman Partners is a niche Datacenter & Digital Infrastructure Search Firm with an exceptional collection of relationships. We specialise in senior level appointments across the vast range of specialisms within these sectors.

We focus on leadership roles across business disciplines such as, NEDs, Board Members, C-Suite, Finance, IT, Sales, Legal, Marketing, Operations, Engineering, Construction, Sustainability, and HR, and have the network and reach required to headhunt and fill any leadership position.

Some recent placements include:

  • CEO – Nordics | New Private Equity Portfolio Company
  • CFO – Nordics | New Private Equity Portfolio Company 
  • CEO – UK | Data Center Operator
  • OD (Operating Director) – US & EMEA | Private Equity Portfolio Company
  • President – APAC | Global Hyperscale Data Center Provider
  • MD – UK | Data Center Operator
  • MD – UK | Cooling Manufacturer
  • VP Land Acquisition – EMEA | Global Data Center Provider
  • SVP Hyperscale Sales – EMEA | Private Equity Portfolio Company
  • VP Sales – EMEA | Global Data Center Provider
  • VP Construction & Implementation – Africa | Data Center Operator
  • Commercial Director – EMEA | USA Management Consultancy
  • Construction Director – USA | Search-Engine Hyperscale
  • Sales Director – EMEA | Multinational Telco & Data Center Provider