Paul R. Garcia
Mr. Garcia, a pioneer in the financial services industry, became chief executive officer of National Data Corporation's ("NDC") eCommerce line of business in June 1999, which changed its name to Global Payments, Inc. (GPN) in 2000 and was spun off from NDC in 2001. During Mr. Garcia's 14-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Global Payments' annual revenues increased from $350 million to $2.4 billion and its current market capitalization is approximately $24 billion.
Mr. Garcia has served on a number of Boards of Directors, including the Global, U.S. and Latin American Boards of MasterCard International, West Corporation, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, Global Payments Inc., and the Electronic Transaction Association ("ETA"). Mr. Garcia has served as a director of Truist Financial Corp. (NYSE: TFC), a bank holding company, since December 2019 (as well as a director of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) from August 2014 through December 2019). Mr. Garcia also serves as a director of Payment Alliance International and as a Director of the Commerce Club of Atlanta.
Mr. Garcia was honored as 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® in Financial Services for Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, and named one of the best CEOs in America five times by Institutional Investor. Mr. Garcia was also recognized by the Electronic Transactions Association as the recipient of the 2008-2009 Distinguished Payments Professional Award and became one of the first inductees to the ETA Hall of Fame in 2018. He was recognized by the Technology Association of Georgia as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.