SOURCE: Slalom Consulting

April 22, 2008 09:00 ET

Slalom Consulting Expands Into Southern California, Appoints General Manager

National Expansion Continues as Slalom Brings Local-Based Consulting Model and Industry Experts to Rapidly Growing Region

SEATTLE, WA and LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Slalom Consulting, ranked one of the best consulting firms to work for in the U.S., today announced the opening of its Southern California office to serve Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, and the appointment of Patty LeDonne as the region's general manager. This is yet another illustration of the company's successes in new markets and its aggressive plan to grow operations across the U.S. The Southern California practice is currently serving clients, and is targeting fast growth over the next 18 months in order to reach company benchmarks for success by early 2009.

Looking to triple in size by the end of the year, Slalom's Southern California office will reinforce the company's local-based consulting model, which eliminates the cross-country commutes and constant travel requirements that plague the management and technology consulting industry today. The local-based consulting model is unique to Slalom's practice, and is refreshing to consultants who come from the Big 4 consulting firms, where they spend more than 50 percent of the year traveling for project-based work. In addition to providing flexible work schedules, support for personal growth, and work in line with individual professional goals, Slalom also provides paid sabbaticals for consultants. Further, the consultants have the opportunity to work on challenging and diverse project assignments, giving them the ability to achieve professional growth and deepen their experience in specialized solutions.

"Slalom's West Coast presence has progressed much more quickly than original company projections, providing us with early indicators that Southern California was the most logical next step for our national expansion," LeDonne said. "We have been very targeted about the areas in which we practice, and can now offer our deep expertise and services to the booming regions in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Like all of Slalom's other markets, the Southern California region will be served by our dedication to excellent client service, and the most experienced consultants in the business."

LeDonne joins the Southern California office as general manager, overseeing client projects, regional growth and recruiting in the area. Since 2003, she held the position of consulting director for Slalom from the company's headquarters in Seattle. Additionally, LeDonne managed the Seattle-based T-Mobile and Starbucks accounts and spearheaded the firm's Program Management Office and Business Process Excellence offerings. Formerly, she served as executive director at AT&T Wireless leading the company's CRM program, and as a consultant with EDS.

In addition to aggressive revenue goals, the Southern California office will focus on expanding its leadership team, adding to its client roster and hiring experienced and talented management and technology consultants throughout 2008. Nationally, Slalom's client roster includes: Microsoft, Allstate, Boeing, AT&T, Expedia, Motorola, Schnitzer Steel, GAP, Starbucks and Western Union.

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Slalom Consulting ( is a national business and technology consulting firm, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle. Following its motto, "Business is a Race. Win it." Slalom's services range from broad areas including project and program management, business process improvement, and software development, to specialized solutions such as ERP, business intelligence, CRM and more. As a winner of Consulting Magazine's "Top Ten Firms to Work For," Slalom is best known for its highly-experienced, locally-based teams and consultants who consistently take client projects from strategy through successful implementation. In addition to Seattle and Southern California, Slalom has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Portland and San Francisco.

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