Dean Fischer

Dean Fischer

Dean Fischer is the chairman of the board of directors of West Monroe Partners, which he co-founded in 2002. For 40 years, Dean has been a professional services industry leader and entrepreneur, applying extensive business consulting expertise with deep technology skills to deliver innovative and transformational business solutions. His diverse functional experience spans finance, private equity, law, federal contracts, technology, systems, and business process re-engineering. Most importantly, Dean has become known as a unique leader with a moral compass that points to his people before all else.


Dean Fischer has overseen the growth of West Monroe Partners from a start-up consultancy with a handful of employees in 2002 to a full-service business and technology firm with 11 offices across North America and a complement of more than 800 consultants known for their ability to define and execute innovative strategies that harness the power of technology.

More importantly, Dean is known as a recruiter, leader, teacher and motivator of people—playing a central role in defining and maintaining a unique, people-oriented culture that has earned 15 years of accolades, along with a strong client and employee base. In addition to the other typical responsibilities of a board chairman, Dean remains focused on building and maintaining a culture unique to West Monroe.

Dean spent 23 years of his career with Arthur Andersen, where he honed a distinctive blend of business acumen and deep technology skills by serving clients on matters of business strategy, technology architectures and designs, business process change and improvement, technology implementation, and business operations. Over the course of this time at Andersen, he gained a reputation as an entrepreneur with a legacy of rapid service and business development, culminating in large, profitable service offerings. He started new practices, launched successful new service offerings, and held various local, national, and global leadership positions, including:

  • Global managing partner of the Advanced Technology and Internet Consulting practice, a part of the Business Consulting business unit
  • Member of the executive council and board of directors of the US Central Region Business Consulting practice
  • Managing partner responsible for 11 Advanced Technology practices in the US central region
  • Managing partner of the Chicago office Advanced Technology practice - a team that he started with and grew from eight employees to more than 200
  • Chairman and member of the Andersen Worldwide Managing Partner Advisory Council
  • Partner in charge of the Chicago and Central Region Government Contracts Audit and Consulting practices

Dean's primary passion today is directed towards the important issues of maintaining a healthy planet through conservation and sustainability activism. Dean served for seven years on the board of the Student Conservation Association, the last three as its chairman. Dean is also currently the board chair of Audubon Great Lakes as well as on the board of Openlands, headquartered in Chicago.