Kinaxis promotes senior execs to new C-suite roles in bid to accelerate growth trajectory

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Kinaxis has promoted former chief HR officer Megan Paterson to the newly created position of chief operating officer. File photo

Supply-chain management software powerhouse Kinaxis continues to overhaul its executive team in a bid to accelerate its global expansion amid unprecedented demand for its products.

The Kanata-based firm announced this week it has promoted three senior executives to new jobs in its C-suite as it pushes ahead with its ambitious growth agenda.

Perhaps the biggest move will see Megan Paterson, who has served as the company’s chief human resources officer for the past five years, take on the newly created position of chief operating officer.

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In her new role, Paterson will oversee the company’s cloud services operations, corporate IT, corporate strategy, HR and global real estate operations. Kinaxis said the C-suite veteran will create “centres of excellence” as the firm continues to expand its global footprint.

“Our growth and success are predicated on building agility and consistency across our workforce so that we can enjoy continued accelerated growth,” Paterson, who joined Kinaxis as director of human resources in 2008 and has been a key driver in the company’s ascent to the top rank of publicly traded locally headquartered firms. “I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role.”

Kinaxis has tapped vice-president of human resources Amber Pate to succeed Paterson as chief HR officer.

Meanwhile, Andrew Bell has been promoted to chief product officer after spending the past two years as the company’s vice-president of product management.

The Carleton University engineering graduate will be in charge of the company’s engineering, development and product management teams and will also oversee Kinaxis’s AI and machine learning development efforts.

Bell, who began his tech career at Alcatel-Lucent in 2004, has worked at Kinaxis since 2015.

“I’m looking forward to expanding our product footprint, continuing to invest in AI and driving continuous innovation on top of our foundation of excellence in supply chain – it’s a real honour to lead this team,” he said in a statement.

Sicard said the moves will help set the company up for sustained growth as it looks to build on momentum that has seen its revenues nearly double to US$370 million over the past three years and its stock price rise 70 per cent since the beginning of 2020.

“There is a huge opportunity to deliver real supply chain transformation for companies around the world,” he said in a statement. 

“Our advanced technology and unique methodology make us leaders in this space, and I’m thrilled to promote Andrew, Megan and Amber into these new roles as we scale to support our growing global customer base.”

The appointments come less than a month after Kinaxis hired Margaret Franco, a former executive at Hewlett-Packard and Dell, as its new chief marketing officer. 

Franco, who lives in the London area, will continue to be based in the United Kingdom as Kinaxis looks to grow its market share in Europe and Asia.

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