John Luongo Biography
John Luongo has more than 39 years of chief executive and senior operations experience working with leading technology companies, including The Vantive Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Merrill, Pickard, Anderson and Eyre, and Tymshare, Inc. Currently, he is a consulting Venture Partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners. He is a member of the Board of Directors of StarAnalytics. He was a Board advisor to Lightspeed backed Virsa Systems which was sold to SAP in 2006 for $400 million.
Most recently, Luongo was president, CEO and chairman of The Vantive Corporation, a leading customer relationship management (CRM) software provider. Joining in 1993, he took the company from $0.5M to more than $160M, including several rounds of financing and an IPO in 1995. During that time, he helped establish the company as a market leader and significantly shaped the CRM industry with technical innovation and groundbreaking new business practices. In 1998, he received Call Center Magazine's prestigious Call Center Pioneer Award, which honors individual contributions to the development of the call center industry. He created a strategic partnership between Vantive and PeopleSoft that led to the company’s acquisition by PeopleSoft in 1999 for approximately $540 million.
Previously, Luongo was senior vice president, International Division, for Oracle Corporation and was the company’s 26th employee. From 1982-1990, he founded and grew Oracle's International Division to 92 countries, 33 wholly owned subsidiaries, 3,400 employees and $452M representing 49% of total revenues. He also worked as a senior consultant for Merrill, Pickard, Anderson and Eyre, a venture capital firm. Luongo started his business career at Tymshare, Inc., where he worked for seven years in various international management positions. Prior to that, he started the academic computing center at a unit of the City University of New York.
Luongo served on the board of directors of Samaritan House in San Mateo from 1991-1995 and since then has been a Director Emeritus. In 2001, he became a technology advisor to the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. From 2001 to 2007, he was member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CREW (Campaign for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.)
Luongo holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian History from Lehman College of the City University of New York and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society. He has done graduate work in History at Princeton University; in Statistics at Bernard Baruch School of Business; in Physics at San Francisco State University and is beginning a master’s program at Harvard in Environmental Management.