ZenBusiness Announces Appointment of Katie Royce as Chief Financial Officer


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AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZenBusiness, the only guided, one-stop-shop platform to help entrepreneurs start, manage and grow a successful business, today announced the appointment of financial industry veteran Katie Royce, CFA, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Royce joins ZenBusiness after the success of the $200 million Series C fundraising and during a period of rapid expansion as more people start businesses and seek to become their own bosses.

Royce will oversee all aspects of the startup’s finances, bringing a significant level of expertise in financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and more to the company. ZenBusiness management team. She will report directly to CEO and Co-Founder Ross Buhrdorf and oversee a growing team of professionals focused on the company’s long-term financial success. Her appointment brings the number of women in ZenBusiness’s leadership ranks to more than 40%.

“In our short time as a company, we have experienced tremendous growth and success; powered by the passion and determination of the entrepreneurial renaissance taking place across the country. To ensure that ZenBusiness is well positioned for the next step, we are delighted to welcome such a talented professional as Katie to the leadership team,” said ZenBusiness CEO Ross Buhrdorf. “She has already taken off and we all look forward to following her financial roadmap as we head into the next chapter of our business.”

“I am thrilled to join such a dynamic team of professionals who are deeply committed to supporting and growing entrepreneurship from the ground up,” said ZenBusiness Chief Financial Officer Katie Royce. “As CFO, I plan to build on our already strong financial base to ensure we are in the best possible position to execute our strategy through growth, innovation and delivering on our mission to change the face of business ownership across the country.”

Royce plans to continue to develop ZenBusiness’s in-house expertise and provide advice on how the company can expand its role as a public benefit company, including adopting strong ESG reporting and standards.

Royce has considerable experience leading public companies and brings a unique skill set and knowledge base to the business. She spent nearly a decade at Cognizant, a multinational IT services and consulting company, where she rose through the ranks to eventually become the company’s chief financial officer for North America. Prior to Cognizant, she held senior analyst and investor relations roles at several companies.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors and is the new Chair of the Board of the National Investor Relations Institute. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Royce is a graduate of the University of Richmond and a CFA charterholder.

About Zen Business

ZenBusiness, a public benefit corporation, is a unique technology platform that helps entrepreneurs launch, manage and grow the business of their dreams. ZenBusiness supports entrepreneurs through incorporation; helps automate their invoicing, payroll and banking; organizes expenses and taxes; build their websites; shaping their marketing; and give them all the education and inspiration they need to win customers and generate profits – at an affordable and clear price. By giving entrepreneurs what they need – worry-free services, front-line support, and an all-inclusive platform – ZenBusiness empowers the next generation of business owners. Founded in 2017, ZenBusiness is based in Austin, Texas. Visit www.ZenBusiness.com and follow @zenbusinessinc for more information.

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