The Team


The Portfolio Partnership is a bench of very successful C-level executives with know-how. Scaling a business organically or by acquisition using proven know-how is compelling. We are operators with empathy because we’ve been there. It is likely we have a partner appropriate for your needs. Call Ian on 978 395 1155 or drop him an email

Ian D. Smith

Ian Smith


Ian D. Smith B.A., C.A.

Ian founded The Portfolio Partnership (TPP) in 2009 and over the last eight years, Ian and his team have scaled over a dozen New England based businesses, many with overseas offices in Europe and Asia. TPP executes operational actions to transform visions into remarkable businesses. Where appropriate we do this by buying companies to scale quicker and to dominate a sector. TPP is staffed with successful C-suite executives with deep operational and M&A expertise in both private and public companies.

 Ian’s career covers a 30-year period of creating remarkable businesses in Europe and the U.S, including consumer magazines businesses with Thomson (now Thomson Reuters) as a divisional CFO, creating one of the first investment banking boutiques in London, building the FTSE 100 Capita Group and more recently scaling technology groups in Boston.

He graduated from the University of Strathclyde and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Ian holds both US and UK citizenship. Unusually for a trained accountant, he is a huge fan of strong story telling, and has published seven books and over 500 blog posts, covering M&A, venture capital and entrepreneurship. A family man, he’s approaching his biggest achievement to date, 30 years happily married to Shona and being a dad to his two talented daughters Emily and Megan. To relax, he competes as a track athlete at 400m and 800m and has maintained a top 20 masters world ranking since 2006!