Founder of WIND Mobile
Named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 by the Globe and Mail, Anthony Lacavera has positioned WIND Mobile—against incredible regulator and competitive hurdles—to become the next major wireless services provider in Canada. With an innovative business model and a customer-centric focus, WIND has changed the way Canadians think about not only their wireless plans but also a variety of broader issues: transparency, greater consumer choice, and the fundamental relationship between companies and their customers.
WIND Mobile's parent company is Globalive, where Lacavera is president and CEO; Globalive's other companies include Yak Communications. Under Lacavera's leadership, Globalive has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for five consecutive years, as well as one of Canadian Business Magazine's Top 30 Workplaces in Canada. In 2004, Lacavera's company was ranked #1 in Profit Magazine's 2004 listing of Canada's 100 fastest growing companies. Lacavera is now Honorary Chair at Wind, and was CEO of the company from 2008 to 2013. He will launch Globalive Capital—to make strategic investments in technology and telecom companies leveraging the Globalive operating platform and track record of success— late in 2013.
Lead, Follow, Then Get Out Of The Way: How WIND Mobile Changed an Industry
This is the surprising story of how Anthony Lacavera -- and his company, WIND Mobile -- took on Canada's big four telecom giants, changed the landscape of Canadian business, and won a far-reaching victory for wireless consumers. What can adjacent industries learn from his remarkable journey, his set-backs, his growing pains, and his triumphs? Noticing consumers unhappy with their wireless service -- unhappy with lack of choice, lack of customer service -- Lacavera saw a business opportunity. He set out to create a meaningful alternative: a transparent company that engages their customers, rather than taking them for granted. Buoyed by an infectious entrepreneurial spirit, Lacavera shares universal lessons on fending off deep-pocketed competitors, overcoming regulatory hurdles, rewriting the rules of customer service, and building an exciting new brand, one employee at a time. This is an instructive, optimistic business tale with wide-ranging implications.
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