MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle-based Slalom Consulting has expanded its U.S. presence with a new office in Minneapolis, appointing industry-veteran Rich Coughlin as general manager. With 23 years of business and technology consulting experience, Coughlin comes to Slalom from Accenture where he served the needs of some of the world's most recognizable brands headquartered or operating in the Twin Cities area. A resident of Minnesota for over 25 years, graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and active community member, Coughlin is uniquely positioned to lead Slalom's Minneapolis office and understand the specific needs of the local business community.
"We are excited to have Rich on board to launch our twelfth market in the United States," said Troy Johnson, National General Manager responsible for new market development. "We have a very successful blueprint of how we open new markets, and it all starts with hiring a strong market leader. Rich brings not only years of experience and a track record of success, but he is very passionate about our core values around serving our clients and communities, and making the Minneapolis market a great place to work for talented consultants. We have a very enthusiastic group of people here at Slalom and Rich is going to fit right in."
Minneapolis becomes the twelfth Slalom Consulting office in major metropolitan areas across the U.S.–other offices are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, New York, Portland, San Francisco/Bay Area, Seattle, and Southern California with plans to open new offices in Phoenix and Houston soon.
"We are very fortunate to have Rich on our team," said Slalom Co-Founder and President of North America, John Tobin. "We knew Minneapolis was where we wanted to be next, and we're glad we found a leader with the right skills and the right fit for our amazing culture as we continue on our path of 30% revenue growth year-over-year. Rich is a big part of our future growth story."
Coughlin plans to build a robust Minneapolis-St. Paul employee base, hiring at least 50 experienced business and technology consultants in the first year of operation, and as many as 300 in the first five years.
"I'm excited to be part of such an innovative company," said Coughlin. "It's a great opportunity to work with local Twin Cities clients on their most important business and technology challenges, using our differentiated service model that combines local teams and capabilities with support from our national team when needed."
Slalom Consulting brings together business and technology expertise to help companies drive enterprise performance, accelerate innovation, enhance the customer experience, and increase employee productivity. The firm delivers award-winning solutions in areas such as information management and analytics, sales and marketing, organizational effectiveness, CFO advisory, mobility, and cloud through a national network of local offices and major alliance partners, including Microsoft, Salesforce.com, and Amazon Web Services.
Founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, WA, Slalom has organically grown to more than 2,200 consultants. The company has been ranked as a Top 10 Best Firms to Work For by Consulting magazine four times, and earned recognition from Microsoft as a Partner of the Year five times. For more information, visit slalom.com.
SOURCE Slalom Consulting