Brian Paulen

Brian Paulen

Managing Director Seattle

As the Seattle office lead, Brian is focused on empowering his local team to deliver great work and tangible financial value while supporting the firm’s mission to build the next generation of leaders. During his tenure, the Seattle office has grown 155% and won numerous workplace awards as a result of his commitment to client service and firm culture.

Throughout his career, Brian has focused on helping clients maximize their technology investments, particularly in the areas of customer experience and analytics solutions. His exposure to a diverse portfolio of clients and industries has given him a broad perspective into the issues our clients face, allowing him to develop multidisciplinary approaches for Seattle’s traditional and leading-edge industries, such as banking, healthcare, consumer and industrial products, and technology.

Brian joined West Monroe Partners with its acquisition of Madrona Solutions Group, a Seattle-based consultancy he co-founded in 2005 to help clients build CRM solutions. Brian is a recognized business and technology expert, and has co-authored two books on these topics. In 2009, the Puget Sound Business Journal recognized Brian as one of its “40 under 40” – top business professionals under the age of 40 who are leaders in the community. He earned two bachelor’s degrees in political science and international business from Lehigh University.

What makes Brian different

A people-centric leader, Brian takes his role as a steward of the local office culture seriously. He is a dedicated mentor who ensures people have opportunities across West Monroe and in the community. Brian is passionate about inclusion and diversity and has played a key role in the firm’s I&D initiatives. Brian, his wife, their two children, and their dog all reside in Kirkland, just outside of Seattle. The family takes advantage of everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer, whether they’re golfing in the summer or skiing in the winter. Brian is also a proud part owner of a Washington state winery.

Where Brian makes an impact

Brian serves on the board of ArtsFund, an organization that strengthens the community by supporting the arts. He is also the board chairman of First Tee of Greater Seattle, an organization that positively impacts the lives of young people by teaching life lessons and leadership skills through golf.

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