Holmes has grown HootSuite from three people to over three hundred, transforming the social media startup into a tech titan with more than eight million users, including 75% of Fortune 1000 companies.
“Ryan is a strong CEO and we look forward to benefiting from his insights and experience as a member of Payfirma’s board,” said Michael Gokturk, founder of Payfirma.
“He is intimately familiar with competing against large incumbents in industries experiencing disruptive innovation. This is what we in the payment industry are currently going through,” he added.
“Payfirma has revolutionized the payment process, consolidating mobile, e-commerce and in-store payments under a single solution, much like HootSuite did for social media,” said Holmes. “They are now poised to grow exponentially with a strong suite of payment solutions designed to help businesses accept payments anytime, from anywhere.”
“I’m excited to be part of Payfirma’s next stage of growth,” he added.
Payfirma won Best New Canadian Startup at the Canadian Startup Awards in 2012, while Holmes was named Entreprener of the Year the next year.