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, software engineering, operations management and customer service. He specializes in leading complex business / technology initiatives, starting up new organizations and turning around under-performing teams.

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 analysis of technology and infrastructure capabilities and developed a strategic architecture plan.

Mr. Tearnen has helped lead a complex multi-year project in collaboration with nine U.S. states to reshape the national education marketplace with a shared service platform enabling enhanced personalized learning. He also led a team responsible for performing an organizational analysis and developing a business plan for an organization that provided a registry of learning resources.

Before joining A&M, Mr. Tearnen served as Chief Operating Officer (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 Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Syntax-Brillian, where he was brought on to establish a strong IT infrastructure for the rapidly growing consumer electronics manufacturer. His role expanded to lead all aspects of North American operations, including logistics, warehouse management, inventory control, facilities, customer service and technical support. Mr. Tearnen was also responsible for the divestiture of an underperforming business unit saving millions in annual operating expenses.

Earlier, Mr. Tearnen served as SVP and CIO with GS1 US, where he reduced staffing costs through elimination of duplicate functions, moving development resources offshore and consolidating infrastructure. For GS1 US subsidiary RosettaNet, Mr. Tearnen was responsible for research and development and engineering functions.

Earlier, he 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 / technology initiatives.

Mr. Tearnen earned a degree from Portland State University in Oregon.