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 Corporate Performance Improvement in Seattle. He specializes in leading complex business / IT initiatives, starting up new organizations and turning around under-performing teams.

His primary areas of concentration are in IT management, business process optimization, enterprise architecture, software engineering, operations management and customer service.

Mr. Tearnen has been responsible for leading a program to develop a capability to leverage global health knowledge across multiple partner organizations to reduce the time required to review existing research, identify research opportunities and optimize investments for a global philanthropic organization.  He also 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 global philanthropic organization.

Additionally, Mr. Tearnen led an effort to elaborate a platform architecture strategy into an implementation vision and technology roadmap for a large healthcare network, led a rapid assessment to determine capability of the organization and software product architecture to support business objectives and goals for a travel industry software and services company and led an architecture assessment and development of a platform architecture strategy for a public financial services company.

Mr. Tearnen also brings experience in leading 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 software and services company and serving as 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 for a global philanthropic foundation.

Prior to 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. He also served as the 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. Prior to this, Mr. Tearnen was SVP and CIO at GS1 US, where he supported the development and implementation of multiple industry-wide, open XML B2B electronic commerce standards and technologies. 

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