Paul Tearnen
Managing Director
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20+ years in high technology leadership
Expert in technology and architecture assessment / improvement
Specializes in platform and API architecture
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Paul Tearnen is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Seattle, with a background in IT management, business process optimization, enterprise architecture, software engineering, operations management and customer service. He specializes in leading complex business / IT initiatives, starting up new organizations and turning around under-performing teams.

For a global philanthropic organization, Mr. Tearnen led a multi-year effort to develop interoperability standards for mobile money technology service providers and operators to increase access and lower the cost of mobile money transactions.

For a large healthcare network, Mr. Tearnen led an effort to elaborate a platform architecture strategy into an implementation vision and technology roadmap.

For a travel industry software and services company, Mr. Tearnen led a rapid assessment to determine capability of the organization and software product architecture to support business objectives and goals.

For a public software and services company, Mr. Tearnen led a comprehensive software product architecture assessment and  subsequent product redesign and development effort implementing a distributed, highly available, scalable architecture utilizing hybrid-cloud architectures and advanced analytics.

For a public financial services company, Mr. Tearnen led an architecture assessment and development of a platform architecture strategy.

For a global philanthropic foundation, Mr. Tearnen served as interim Chief Technology Officer for an initiative to enable US state education departments and school districts to implement a program integrating student data and make it available to education content and application providers to support improving student education outcomes.

Before joining A&M, Mr. Tearnen served as COO for Innowave Technology, an Oracle systems integrator where he implemented formal software development, project management and account management methodologies.

Prior to Innowave, Mr. Tearnen was SVP of North American Operations and CIO for Syntax-Brillian where he was brought on to establish a strong IT and operating infrastructure for the rapidly growing consumer electronics manufacturer.

Earlier, Mr. Tearnen was SVP and Chief Information Officer at GS1 US, where he supported the development and implementation of multiple industry-wide, open XML B2B electronic commerce standards and technologies.

Earlier, Mr. Tearnen was Director IT for Bourns, Inc., executing the implementation of SAP across 11 factories and three administrative centers worldwide, as well as several other complex global business / IT initiatives.

Mr. Tearnen earned a degree from Portland State University (Oregon).