Since Portfolio was founded by Adrian Zackheim in 2001, it has emerged as a major force in nonfiction publishing for ambitious people. We connect readers with powerful ideas that inform and improve their lives, within the workplace and beyond. Portfolio authors are innovators, entrepreneurs, and experts who aren’t afraid to take risks and change the world. We strive to produce original books in fields such as technology, economics, entrepreneurship, biography, and investigative journalism, with a focus on educating and inspiring a new generation of innovative leaders.
Adrian Zackheim joined Penguin Group in September 2001 as Founder and Publisher of Portfolio. He then took on the additional challenge of starting Sentinel in April 2003. In 2018, he announced the addition of another new imprint to the group: The Optimism Press, in collaboration with Simon Sinek.
Previously, he was the Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HarperInformation, a division of HarperCollins that included HarperBusiness. His editorial career has also included positions at William Morrow, Doubleday, and St. Martin’s Press, and his first job was as School and Library Publicity Assistant at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, which was then a privately held small publishing company. He later moved to Putnam’s Editorial department under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Phyllis Grann.
Among the many bestselling books he edited and published before joining Penguin Group were Good to Great by Jim Collins; Die Broke by Stephen Pollan and Mark Levine; The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams; The HP Way by David Packard; and Swim with the Sharks without being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay.
Vice President, Deputy Publisher, and Marketing Director
Will Weisser joined Portfolio in 2002, before our first book was published. As Deputy Publisher and Marketing Director, he is deeply involved in all aspects of the publication process and doesn’t sleep until we get the book right, from acquisitions to packaging to the development and execution of marketing plans. He began his career at Simon & Schuster and held various publicity and marketing positions at Pocket Books, Grove/Atlantic, Times Books, and Crown Business. Among the bestselling authors he worked with before joining Portfolio are Larry Bossidy, Michael Hammer, Marlin Fitzwater, and P.J. O’Rourke.
Niki Papadopoulos joined Portfolio in 2011 as a Senior Editor, and is a passionate advocate for business as a tool for empowerment, innovation, and social good. In addition to overseeing general acquisition strategy for the Portfolio imprint, she acquires and edits a wide range of commercial nonfiction for ambitious people, from idea-driven business books to narrative, biography, memoir, investigative journalism, and self-help. In the last decade she has published twelve New York Times bestsellers and seventeen Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including This Is Marketing by Seth Godin; The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday; The Four by Scott Galloway; Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards; Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke; The Death of Money by James Rickards; Hooked by Nir Eyal; and American Kingpin by Nick Bilton.She tweets about grammar, dogs, and what happens to authors who don’t turn their manuscripts in on time at @niki_pop.
Bria Sandford joined Portfolio in 2012. She enjoys editing leadership narratives, economic policy, geopolitics, history, and prescriptive career guides. Her bestselling authors include retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, political scientist Ian Bremmer, and career advice guru Jon Acuff. She tweets at @blsandford.
Leah Trouwborst joined Portfolio in 2015 as an editorial assistant. In her short time with us, she has published Bullet Journal founder Ryder Carroll’s New York Times bestselling guide The Bullet Journal Method; Scott Adams’s guide to persuasion, Win Bigly; Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander’s My Morning Routine; and Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code and Like She Owns the Place. She’s looking forward to editing more fresh voices, talented storytellers, and rigorous thinkers with prescriptions on living well in the 21st century.
Kaushik Viswanath joined Portfolio in 2015 as an editorial assistant. He likes to edit prescriptive and idea-driven books on entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, business strategy, technology, and economics. His authors include Cofounder/CEO of VC firm 1776 Evan Burfield, small-business growth expert Mike Michalowicz, and Anthony Iannarino of The Sales Blog. When he’s not editing or reading or writing or singing, you can find him lurking on Twitter @kozemoze.
Merry Sun joined Portfolio as an editorial assistant in 2015 and is now an associate editor. She particularly enjoys editing idea-driven books about counterintuitive concepts in economics, finance, behavioral science, and technology. Her authors include founder of Serious Eats Ed Levine, Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang, New York magazine writer Melissa Dahl, science journalist and cofounder of Contently Shane Snow, and Chief Behavior Officer of Clover Health Matt Wallaert. She has a particular soft spot for books about food and the food industry and very strong opinions about where to go for lunch.