Taran Swan serves as a Managing Partner for Paradox Strategies. She is an advisor, consultant and coach who works with executives and companies to help them achieve financial, operational, and strategic results. Because Taran has built and run several businesses, managed hundreds of people and held full P&L responsibility, she brings a unique practitioner perspective to her clients. As a result, Taran provides powerful insights into organization dynamics and guidance on how to achieve great business results.
Since 2002, Taran has been CEO of Taran Swan Consulting, an executive coaching and organizational development consultancy that helps senior executives enhance business results. Taran has delivered her consulting services to a wide range of companies in industries including media & entertainment, technology, healthcare, financial services, professional services, and non-profit organizations.
Before forming her consulting practice, Taran had a 20-year business career and held senior executive P&L positions at the Walt Disney Company, Viacom (MTV Networks/Nickelodeon), and Salomon Brothers. As General Manager & Executive Vice President at Nickelodeon, Taran’s work at Nickelodeon was chronicled in the Harvard Business School case study, Taran Swan at Nickelodeon Latin America. That case is part of HBS’s required first-year Leadership course; is ranked on HBS’s Most Popular Studies list; and is used in MBA and executive management curricula at business schools around the world.
At Disney, Taran was a senior business planner responsible for evaluating opportunities for Disney’s Entertainment Division. At Salomon Brothers, Taran was a Vice President in the structured fixed income products group.
Taran serves on the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Women’s Student Association. She has served on the boards of a venture capital fund and an early-stage multicultural multimedia business backed by Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Taran received an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, attended NYU’s Courant Graduate School of Mathematics as a Bell Laboratories Fellow, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.