Garcia to head First Data’s Government Solutions

ATLANTA, April 17, 2014 – First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, today announced that Jose Garcia has joined the company to lead its government solutions business. 

In his role, Garcia will focus on First Data’s efforts to grow the business and expand the company’s expertise in government solutions by leveraging its current successes across the portfolio, including health and human services, tax and revenue, and payment solutions. He also will partner with First Data’s client services teams to strive for exceptional customer experience.

“Jose’s impressive experience and extensive knowledge of government solutions will be invaluable as we continue to provide client-centric solutions for the unique needs of government agencies at every level,” said Joe Plumeri, senior advisor to the CEO for First Data. “Jose’s proven track record in government sales – including health solutions, state payment systems and electronic payment card programs – will allow us to successfully introduce innovative technologies and strive for the highest level of client satisfaction.”

For more than 25 years, First Data has provided secure, cost-effective solutions to help government agencies improve service to constituents, streamline operations and simplify payment processes. The company supports government agencies with planning, procurement support, project management, quality assurance, independent verification and validation and business transformation.

“I’m impressed by how impactful our consulting teams are in helping states implement their health insurance exchanges,” said Garcia. “We will go beyond and bring a broad suite of First Data products and services to truly transform government and improve citizens’ interactions.”

Prior to joining First Data, Garcia was senior vice president of government solutions at Xerox. He previously held executive positions at Capgemini Government Solutions, Agilex Technologies and Citi. Garcia received a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

Around the world, every second of every day, First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy for merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its vast product portfolio and expertise to drive client revenue and profitability. Whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter, First Data takes every opportunity to go beyond the transaction. More information about the company is available on as well as on TwitterLinkedInFacebook and YouTube.


Mark Williams, First Data