Robert LoCascio is the founder of LivePerson, Inc. and has been its chief executive officer since its inception in 1995. His mission is to make life easier by transforming how people communicate with brands. LivePerson has come a long way since its early years, having survived the dot-com crash and grown to become the leader in intelligent engagement solutions, currently serving over 18,000 clients, with 1,300 employees and offices across the globe. Robert is one of the longest-standing founding CEOs of a tech company today.
Robert’s interests extend beyond his business and reflect his close ties to New York City. He is a founding member of the NYC Entrepreneurs Council of the Partnership for New York City. In 2001, he started the Dream Big Foundation with its first program FeedingNYC, which gives families in need a Thanksgiving dinner. To date, FeedingNYC has donated more than 70,000 meals. Its second program, the Dream Big Entrepreneurship Initiative, launched in 2014 to fund, mentor, coach, and empower local entrepreneurs in underserved communities.
Manlio oversees the company's flagship enterprise software business worldwide. He previously served as CEO for multiple consumer and business messaging companies he helped launch. These companies include fast-growing team locator app FreshTeam and KeKu, a profitable VoIP app that connects millions of people around the world for low-cost calls using its patented technology.
Prior to KeKu, Manlio was CMO and head of product strategy for Intermedia, a global leader in cloud services and the world's largest independent provider of Microsoft email. From 2005 through 2009, he was CEO of The Carelli Group where, with a team of consultants, he worked directly with CEOs, CMOs, and heads of sales at Fortune 500 firms and a portfolio of venture-backed SaaS start-ups to transform their operations for higher growth. Manlio previously led marketing for TradeCard (now Infor), a SaaS supply chain company with $100 billion in transaction volume.
Prior to TradeCard, Manlio was a marketing director at Managed Objects where he played a critical role in developing the concepts behind Business Service Management — an enterprise software market that generates billions of dollars in annual license revenue. Managed Objects was acquired by Novell.
Drawing on his experience as a founder, data scientist, and institutional investor, John Collins brings a modern vision and skillset to the role of CFO. Before his appointment to CFO, John led the development of automations and machine learning to support strategic decision-making and predictive analytics as LivePerson’s SVP of Quantitative Strategy.
Prior to LivePerson, John pioneered approaches for transforming third-party data exhaust into investment signals as Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Thasos. John also served as Portfolio Manager for a systematic equities strategy while Thasos incubated inside an NYC-based fund with over $10 billion in assets under management.
John’s previous financial services experience includes closing over $3 billion in transactions at Credit Suisse and building automated equity surveillance systems to detect suspicious trading activity at the New York Stock Exchange.
John holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a BS from the University of Central Florida.
Monica brings to LivePerson extensive experience in executive management in the software and internet industries. She oversees a wide variety of corporate and strategic matters at LivePerson, including strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions as well as the company's corporate legal affairs.
Prior to joining LivePerson, Monica served as VP, general counsel of Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of speech recognition software. Previously, Monica was associated with the law firms of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, CA, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York, NY.
Monica holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Boston University School of Law.
Owens has led world-class sales and operations teams for more than 20 years, building and managing large, high-growth technology sales organizations at world-renowned tech companies. Prior to LivePerson, Owens was at Salesforce.com for ten years with progressive responsibilities running its field operation in the Americas — its largest territory — and was a key leader as the company grew from $1.4 billion in revenue to well over $20 billion. Previously, he served as Group Vice President at Oracle.
Owens is passionate about giving back and was an executive sponsor for Salesforce’s women’s network and Boldforce, a diversity and inclusion initiative. He is an active sponsor for communities including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the Navy Seal Foundation. Owens attended Brigham Young University and lives in the Bay Area with his wife of 25 years and his four kids.
Alex leads the technology organization at LivePerson, overseeing all R&D globally. Prior to LivePerson, he was global head of Alexa OS for Amazon.com, running a large, distributed team of developers around the world and leading the development of the core software systems and capabilities that underpin the Alexa platform.
Before joining Amazon, Alex served as CTO of McCann Worldgroup — one of the world’s largest marketing organizations with 24,000 staff across more than 100 countries — and CTO for North America and Asia-Pacific at AXA Technologies, where he built large-scale grid computing for predictive modeling. At Thomson Reuters, he oversaw product and technology for news and media, including real-time, AI-driven news curation for financial professionals.
He has also held executive technology leadership positions at TheStreet.com and MTV Networks as CTO of Comedy Central. Alex started his career as an engineer in New York City, working on real-time data feeds. He has an MBA from Duke University.