Former Optoro Executive Kathy Penny Joins Canvas as Chief People Officer

February 25, 2015

12:05 pm

This morning, the Reston, VA-based Canvas, which provides Cloud-based software that enables companies to replace the use of paper forms, announced that former Optoro executive Kathy Penny has joined the company as its Chief People Officer. In this new role, Penny will work to cultivate the company’s culture, as well as oversee Canvas’s human resources – from talent acquisition and employee engagement, to career development and the company’s overall employment brand.

“We built culture into Canvas’ DNA from day one because we believe success required building a team with a shared passion and vision – and then providing these individuals with an environment to transform that passion into ideas that could benefit Canvas and the broader global community,” said cofounder and CEO James Quigley in a statement. “No one in this region understands how culture drives success better than Kathy, and on the heels of a $9m venture capital investment, four consecutive years of triple digit revenue growth and plans to double in size for 2015, Kathy will ensure the culture we worked so hard to create remains in tact through future fast-growth stages.”

Penny comes into her new position from her previous role as senior director of human resources at Optoro. While at Optoro, Penny led the human resources department during the company’s three-year, hyper-growth period during which the company grew four times its size to 200 employees. During that same period, the company also saw its revenues triple and make huge gains in venture capital investments totaling $76 million, from the likes of Kleiner Perkins and Steve Case’s Revolution Growth Fund.

Before Optoro, Kathy Penny spent more than 20 years in human resources, including at companies like Harmony Information Systems, SkyBitz, and SunRocket. Most significantly, she ran her own human resources management firm, KAT Consultants, where she supported early-stage and emerging growth tech companies develop strategies for human resources and recruiting. Currently, she also serves as an organizing board member at MindShare, the invitation-only program for CEOs in the most promising tech companies in the DC region.

Lead image: KAT Consultants, Inc. / Facebook

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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