Tony Garcia is a Group President at Lumine Group. As a Group Leader, Tony oversees 15 autonomous businesses with a focus on Communication Service Providers' Business Support Systems.
Prior to joining Lumine, Tony served at the CEO and COO level for both private and publicly traded companies. As a multilingual accredited leader, he has over 25 years of experience in transforming digital enablement software businesses’ outlook to sustained profitable growth. Tony’s leadership style is direct determined and intentional, with a passion for “sleeves rolled up execution!”
Tony holds an MBA in Global Operations & Media, studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Advance Communications Principles in the British Army, and is an accredited TOGAF Enterprise Architect and Prince 2 Practioner. More recently as COO and Executive Director of Clarity OSS, a publicly traded business, Tony successfully exited Clarity to Synchronoss where he had the post of VP International. There he was instrumental in the due diligence of significant transactions, such as the F-Secure Personal Cloud and Openwave Mail acquisitions. As VP International for the business, he had full accountability for the novation of those Global customers, the business integration, and subsequent IRR management.
Q: What is your advice to software leaders looking to be acquired?
Leaders and strategics looking to be acquired should be asking themselves the following:
a) Do my people have a future and the opportunity to grow?
b) Is my reputation and customers in safe hands?
c) Will my business retain its identity, brand, and autonomous agility?
The Lumine team is only too aware of the promises made by our competitors, but it’s critical the software leader being acquired spend the time to qualify suiters rigorously. The consequences of the wrong selection are terminal to your business, people, and personal brand! As a rule, the higher the upfront multiple, the less likely the purchaser is to consider any of those 3 key questions!
Q: Who is your mentor, and what do you admire about their leadership style?
I am extremely fortunate to still be working with my first and only true mentor, the President of Lumine. David was the Global Services Executive at Syndesis, who enabled me with the tools required to successfully deliver mass-scale business transformation programs. These tools have been used throughout my career and more importantly, are still used today! David’s ability to concisely solve problems ensures respect from all levels of staff allowing for direct and determined leadership from the front!