Paul Thiel
Paul Thiel

Paul Thiel President San Diego Region

Joined Northern Trust



  • University of California Berkeley Executive Program - Executive Education - Data Science
  • MBA - University of Virginia - General Management
  • Stanford Business School, Stanford University - Leadership & Change Management Executive Education
  • Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University, Marketing & Communications
  • University of Connecticut - Business Administration and Journalism


Paul leads Northern Trust’s San Diego region, with 32 thoughtful and highly skilled professionals in banking, investment management, financial planning, trust/fiduciary services and international wealth management. Paul's team manages more than $3 billion in assets and nearly $700 million in loans for about 225 families, individuals, foundations and other organizations. Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee Chair, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, one of the nation's leading independent medical research institutions. Member, Board of Directors, and former Chair, Planned Giving Member, SD Association for Corporate Growth Member, Aerospace and Defense Forum Member, San Diego Military Advisory Council. Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA).


Paul entered the wealth management industry in 2008 with Bernstein Global Wealth Management, followed by seven years at BNY Mellon, where he founded and built the firm's San Diego office. Focusing on business owners, foundations and divorcing individuals, Paul created and ran an educational and awards program for middle market M&A advisors, SD Advisor of the Year, as well as the Alliance for the Divorcing Outspouse, a cooperative professional group for service providers in the affluent divorce space. Paul started his career as a award-winning journalist covering business, technology and healthcare, and has written for The Washington Post, Florida Trend, BusinessWeek, the New York Times, American Banker and Georgia Trend. After earning his MBA, he ran the digital, new media, and internet operations as well as marketing, sales & retail distribution for the Detroit Newspaper Agency and Freedom Communications' Southern California operations.

Community Involvement

Deeply involved in the community, Paul is Chairman Emeritus/CEO of Chairmen’s Roundtable, where is was the longest serving CEO for a group of 45 former CEOs and business owners who do pro bono consulting for middle-market companies in Southern California. In that role, Paul has counseled companies in defense, fintech, interactive advertising, software development, satellite communications, commercial baking, automotive dealerships and building products. Paul is also active with the San Diego Regional Economic Inclusive Growth Task Force, and is a member of the board and chair of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Paul has been named one of the San Diego 500 for every year it has been published, and was named as one of "50 Making a Difference" in San Diego in 2020. Previously, Paul founded and ran the Advisor of the Year, an awards and educational program for middle-market mergers & acquisition professionals, the proceeds from which supported the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.