Canadian Fintech huumans Names CRO Paula Festas as Chief Executive Officer
February 2, 2023 – HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Today, Canadian fintech huumans announced that its Chief Revenue Officer, Paula Festas, has been named Chief Executive Officer effective February 2, 2023. Bill Murphy, huumans’ current CEO and co-founder, will continue to be involved in huumans’ day-to-day operations as the company’s President.
Originally brought on to lead huumans’ revenue and partnership growth strategy, Festas has been a key player in new feature launches, partnerships, as well as expanding the revenue team. “From day one, Paula has exhibited the same tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit that I see in the small business owners that we serve. While I always knew Paula would move into the CEO role eventually, my confidence in her leadership tells me this is the right time to pass the torch,” said Bill Murphy, current CEO and co-founder of huumans. “We have a number of major announcements coming up, and I fully trust Paula to lead the company to our next stage of growth and beyond.”
Previously CRO at Alibi Technologies and Postmedia, as well as holding executive roles at Yahoo and CBC, Festas brings 25 years of experience building strong revenue-focused brands. Currently board director at Good Deeds, Paula was previously chair of the board at Responsible Gambling Council Check, and has previously held board seats for IAB Canada, the Broadcast Executive Society, and the National Advertising Benevolent Society.
“During my tenure as huumans’ CRO, I’ve built a foundation for sustainable revenue growth and strong partnerships. I’m prepared to lead the team through what is shaping up to be a year full of exciting milestones,” said Festas. “Through my entire career, I’ve successfully built strong revenue-focused brands, and I’m ready to do what it takes to make small business ownership accessible to as many people as possible.”
Huumans’ executive team also consists of co-Founder Richard Landzaat, co-founder and Chief Product Officer Rob Boynes, and Chief Financial Officer Chris Wong.
Founded in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2021, huumans wants to help business owners understand their business better. By offering weekly reconciled bookkeeping, payroll services and unlimited business support to SMBs across Canada, huumans helps Canadian business owners streamline the day-to-day management of their business.
Paula Festas, Chief Executive Officer