Canada's Hootsuite taps Open Text executive Kini as CFO: source

Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:19pm EDT
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By Euan Rocha and John Tilak

TORONTO (Reuters) - Hootsuite has tapped Open Text's OTC.TO principal accounting officer Sujeet Kini as its chief financial officer, according to a source familiar with the matter, potentially moving the Canadian tech start-up a step closer toward listing.

Waterloo, Ontario-based Open Text disclosed in a regulatory document last week that Kini is leaving the company effective Oct. 16 and that he has accepted the CFO position at a social media company.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Kini is set to join Hootsuite, which is widely expected to go public some time next year.

Hootsuite declined to comment, and Kini did not respond to requests for comment sent via email and voicemail. A spokeswoman for Open Text declined to comment on Kini's departure.

Vancouver-based Hootsuite, which sells companies and organizations software to manage their social media presence across multiple platforms, is widely regarded as being one of the most hotly anticipated Canadian tech IPOs in the offing. It would follow Ottawa-based Shopify Inc's SH.TO very successful initial public offering in May.

Those closely following Hootsuite have noted that the start-up would need to hire a chief financial officer with significant public markets experience in order to begin moving toward a listing.

Kini has been with Open Text, one of the largest publicly-listed Canadian software companies, for over decade now and he would bring a wealth of public markets experience to Hootsuite.

Hootsuite's Chief Executive Ryan Holmes has said investor enthusiasm for Shopify's launch has bolstered Hootsuite's IPO plans.   Continued...