Portfolio was founded by Adrian Zackheim in September 2001, as a dedicated business imprint within the Penguin Publishing Group. For nearly 15 years it has published distinctive books in fields such as management, leadership, marketing, narrative journalism, memoir, investing, personal finance, economics, technology, sales, entrepreneurship, career advice, and personal effectiveness. Portfolio’s success in the United States has led to the creation of additional Portfolio imprints in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, and Brazil.
Adrian Zackheim founded Portfolio in September 2001. Previously, he was the Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Harper Information and Harper Business. His career has also included editorial positions at Putnam, William Morrow, Doubleday, and St. Martin’s. Among the many iconic bestsellers he has edited are Good to Great by Jim Collins; The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams; The HP Way by David Packard; Purple Cow by Seth Godin; Start With Why by Simon Sinek; The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind; 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 the imprint’s first book was published. As Deputy Publisher and Marketing Director he is deeply involved in all aspects of the publication process, from acquisitions to packaging to the development and execution of marketing plans. He began his career at Simon & Schuster and went on to 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. She edits a wide range of idea-driven nonfiction, narrative, biography, memoir, investigative journalism, and prescriptive books. Her bestselling and critically acclaimed authors include Seth Godin, Ryan Holiday, James Rickards, Nick Bilton, Bret Stephens, Steven Pressfield, Helaine Olen, Nir Eyal, Olivia Fox Cabane, and Douglas Rushkoff. She tweets at @niki_pop.
Stephanie Frerich joined Portfolio in 2015 as a Senior Editor, specializing in voice- and idea-driven nonfiction with a focus on business, technology, current affairs, narrative, memoir, design, and women’s interests. Her authors include Ivanka Trump, venture capitalist John Doerr, journalist Adam Lashinsky, entrepreneur Whitney Wolfe, Harvard Business professor John Kotter, and founder Will Dean. Previously she worked at the startup Skillshare, where she worked with Susan Orlean, Simon Sinek, Paula Scher, Guy Kawasaki, and Yiyun Li. She tweets at @SGFrerich.
Bria Sandford joined Portfolio in 2012. She enjoys editing leadership narratives, economic policy, history, and prescriptive career guides. Her bestselling authors include retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, private equity executive Edward Conard, and career advice guru Jon Acuff. She tweets at @blsandford.
Leah Trouwborst joined Portfolio in 2015. In her short time with us, she has acquired several books, including Ryder Carroll’s hotly contested book about organizing your life through analog practices; 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.