Slone Partners Expands Private Equity, Healthcare, and Non-Profit Executive Search Markets

January 23, 2024 – Life sciences-focused search firm Slone Partners has expanded its footprint in the private equity, healthcare, and non-profit executive search markets with the promotion of two senior leaders. Bridget Burke, who previously served as the firm’s chief business officer, has been named senior vice president & practice leader, healthcare, non-profits & social impact, and Kate Portand has been appointed to senior vice president & practice leader, private equity. “I see a tremendous opportunity for Slone Partners to further broaden its scope in the healthcare, non-profit and social impact, and private equity sectors,” said Leslie Loveless, managing partner and CEO of Slone Partners. “As practice leaders with valuable experience and relationships in these areas, Bridget and Kate are ideally suited to expand our impact in these business verticals as we serve the executive talent needs of companies, systems, and organizations in the years to come.”

As a business leader and fundraiser with more than 20 years of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Burke has maintained her focus on the intersection of philanthropy, health equity, and mission-driven work. She is a part of the Slone Partners’ leadership team where she helps to elevate and expand the company’s business portfolio. Earlier in her career, Ms. Burke served as director of executive search at The Angeletti Group, where she was the lead client manager to educational institutions, hospitals, and religious and community organizations, providing a range of philanthropic counsel including strategic planning, board management, development office assessments, and feasibility studies.

“The non-profit and social impact sector is changing rapidly as it responds to evolving social and market demands to confront the many different challenges that we face,” said Ms. Burke. “Hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers are also facing new challenges as they push new boundaries of research, diagnostics, and treatment. Organizations in these sectors are in stiff competition for both dollars and leaders who can drive them forward, remaining laser-focused on the mission while also raising the money they need to scale. My role as SVP and practice leader is to help match these worthy organizations with exceptional leaders who are prepared to roll up their sleeves and execute.”

Related: Slone Partners Appoints Practice Leader for Healthcare

Ms. Portland has more than 20 years of experience in recruiting, executive search, investment banking, and healthcare consulting. Prior to joining Slone Partners, she was head of executive talent at Water Street, a Chicago-based private equity firm with a focus on investing in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Previously, Ms. Portland was the vice president of human capital at GTCR where she oversaw human resources and recruiting for the investment teams. She also spent several years in search, supporting private equity firms in their hiring needs before going in-house. Ms. Portland began her career as an investment banking analyst at both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and as a healthcare consultant.

Unique Value Proposition

“Our unique value proposition as an executive search firm is our full-service model,” said Ms. Portland. “Not only do we lead searches for board directors and the C-suite at investor backed firms, we also partner with them to build out their teams across all key functional areas. In addition, we support our private equity clients with hiring for their Investment teams. What I bring to the table with my years of private equity experience is deep knowledge of what makes for a good leader in private equity and their portfolio companies.”

Slone Partners Cybersecurity Practice Launches
Slone Partners has launched Slone Partners Cybersecurity, a national talent recruitment firm that delivers diverse commercial, operational, and technical cybersecurity specialists and leaders for companies in all business verticals and health systems. The firm is a successor to Wolf Hill Group, which was founded as a joint venture with Slone Partners in 2019. Adam Slone, founder of Slone Partners, will continue to advise both companies and be actively involved in guiding Slone Partners Cybersecurity as a value-driven organization committed to its clients. Leslie Loveless will remain CEO of both firms, while Tara Kochis will remain president of both firms.

Slone Partners is a nationally recognized senior-level recruitment provider that specializes in delivering executive, management, and leadership talent for the diagnostic, biopharmaceutical, healthcare information technology, and laboratory testing industries. The firm has offices in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Recently, Slone Partners was included among Hunt Scanlon Media’s “Top 50 Healthcare & Life Sciences Search Firms.”

In 2000, Adam Slone founded Slone Partners and acted as CEO from 2000 to 2016. He remains chairman today. His industry knowledge and extensive contacts have enabled Slone Partners to place thousands of executives and industry professionals. Today, Mr. Slone remains engaged with Slone Partners, with a specific focus in strategy, finance, M&A advisement, and business development in Boston and California.

Related: Slone Partners Names Chief Talent Officer

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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