Genesys (company)

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FormerlyGenesys Telecommunications Laboratories
IndustryCustomer experience
Founded1990; 31 years ago (1990)
  • Gregory Shenkman
  • Alec Miloslavsky
United States
Area served
Key people
Tony Bates (CEO)
Paul Segre (Chairman)[1]
  • Genesys Engage
  • Genesys Cloud
  • PureConnect
  • Genesys DX
  • Business Consulting
  • Professional Services
  • Managed Services
RevenueIncrease $1.4 billion[2] (2018)
Number of employees

Genesys, or Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc., is a Daly City, California-based company that sells customer experience (CX) and call center technology to mid-sized and large businesses.[4] It sells both cloud-based and hybrid cloud software. The company was founded in 1990[5] and was acquired by investment firms Permira Funds and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) in February 2012.[6]


Genesys was founded by Gregory Shenkkman and Alec Miloslavsky in October 1990.[5][7] The company's original seed funding was $150,000 in loans from the founders' families.[5] The company completed its initial public offering (IPO) in June 1997 and was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol GCTI.

In late 1999, Alcatel-Lucent (then Alcatel) acquired Genesys for $1.5 billion.[8]

In October 2007, Paul Segre succeeded Wes Hayden as Genesys's chief executive officer (CEO).[9]

In February 2012, Permira and TCV acquired Genesys from Alcatel-Lucent for $1.5 billion.[6][10]

In July 2016, private equity investor Hellman & Friedman purchased a $900 million stake in Genesys from majority owners Permira and Technology Crossover Ventures, valuing the company at $3.8 billion.[11]

In May 2019, former Skype CEO Tony Bates joined Genesys as the new CEO, with former CEO Segre moving to the position of chairman.[1]


The company has grown over the years through a series of acquisitions.

In December 1997, Genesys acquired Forte Software, Inc. (later renamed Adante), a developer of e-mail management software.[12]

In December 1998, Genesys acquired Plato Software Corporation.[13]

In June 1999, the company acquired Next Age Technologies, a workforce management software developer.[13]

In May 2001, the company purchased IBM's CallPath computer telephony integration (CTI) business.[14]

In 2002, Genesys parent Alcatel acquired Telera, a Campbell, California-based developer of voice portal and interactive voice response (IVR) systems, and merged the company into Genesys.[15]

In April 2006, Genesys acquired VoiceGenie Technologies, a developer of voice self-service software based on VoiceXML.[16]

In December 2007, Genesys announced it acquired Informiam, a developer of performance management software for customer service operations.[17]

In January 2009, Genesys announced the acquisition of Conseros, a developer of high-volume work item management software and SDE Software Development Engineering, a creator of hosting management software for contact centers.[18]

In March 2014, the company acquired Solariat, a developer of software to measure and manage social media engagements for customers.[19]

In May 2014, the company acquired OVM Solutions, a developer of cloud-based customer communications software.[20]

In 2016, the company acquired the Genesys division of EIT, its regional partner in Korea.[citation needed] In December, Genesys acquired Interactive Intelligence, a developer of customer experience software for the cloud, for $1.4B [21]

In February 2017, Genesys acquired Silver Lining, an employee performance management company that developed applications to support and analyze employee performance and learning automation.[22]

In February 2018, Genesys acquired AltoCloud, a customer journey analytics provider.[23]

In March 2020, the company acquired nGUVU, a partner purchased to add gamification to its workforce engagement management suite.[24]

In March, 2021, the company announced the acquisition the Bold360 suite of digital engagement software from LogMeIn.[25]


The company develops call center software for businesses. The software is available over the cloud, or as on-premises software. The company's products include the following:

  • Genesys Engage, formerly PureEngage, Genesys' original call center software[26]
  • Genesys Cloud, formerly PureCloud, microservices-based software built on Amazon Web Services[26]
  • PureConnect, formerly Customer Interaction Center or CIC (developed by Interactive Intelligence), software for customer experience management at contact centers[26]
  • Genesys DX, predictive digital customer engagement software which combines customer experience software (CX) with artificial intelligence (AI)[27]


Genesys is headquartered in Daly City, California, and has offices in Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.[4][citation needed]


Genesys is the primary sponsor of IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe in the #29 Andretti Autosport Honda. The company also has sponsorships with the Texas Motor Speedway for the Genesys 300 and Genesys 600 races.[28][29]


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  24. ^ "Genesys Acquires Gamification Startup nGUVU". No Jitter. March 3, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  25. ^ "Genesys Acquires Digital Engagement Suite from LogMeIn". No Jitter. March 16, 2021. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
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