New position reflects company’s commitment to enhancing its impact in the healthcare market

SOUTH RIDING, VA. – May 09, 2023Slone Partners, a nationwide executive search firm for life sciences, biotechnology, and healthcare companies, has announced that Kate Portland has been named Vice President of Client Partnerships. In her new role, Portland will focus on developing and fostering new and existing client relationships to enhance the company’s impact in the nation’s investment firms, healthcare, and life sciences companies. Kate will also develop and lead executive searches for C-suite placements along with placing investment team members for private equity and venture capital firms.

Prior to joining Slone Partners, Portland was the Head of Executive Talent at Water Street, a Chicago-based private equity firm dedicated to investing in the healthcare sector. In this role she was responsible for recruiting the leaders for the firm’s portfolio companies and executive advisors. Previously, Portland was the Vice President of Human Capital at GTCR where she oversaw human resources and recruiting for the investment teams. She also served in several leadership roles at Citadel Investment Group, which included spearheading recruiting for Surveyor Capital, the Client & Partner Group, and the Equity Quant Coverage teams. Portland previously founded and ran her own executive search firm, Venautics, dedicated to the asset management industry. She also spent time as an investment banking analyst at both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Portland began her career in healthcare consulting at Hewitt Associates and Towers Perrin.

“Kate Portland is an accomplished and highly respected executive talent recruiter and client development specialist with an impressive track record of success over more than 20 years,” said Slone Partners CEO Leslie Loveless. “With her vast experience formulating and executing high-level talent searches and building relationships with key players across the healthcare, life sciences, banking, and private equity sectors, Kate will be a wonderful addition to the Slone Partners’ senior team.”

Portland holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Slone Partners delivers the leaders who build amazing and diverse life sciences and healthcare organizations – People Are Our Science®. Founded in 2000, Slone Partners specializes in delivering world-class C-suite leadership, executive, and upper management talent to the most promising and established biotech, diagnostics, research tools, healthcare, precision medicine, medical device, and laboratory services companies. With national and global clients, Slone Partners uniquely and precisely provides an array of executive search and advisory services, including diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy, to innovative life sciences and healthcare companies. To learn more about Slone Partners’ value proposition and processes, visit or call 888.784.3422.