SmartNews Announces Hire of CFO Kanishka Roy

SmartNews’ new CFO will handle accounting, finance, capital markets execution and investor relations.

SmartNews CFO Kanishka Roy

SAN FRANCISCO – January 21, 2020 – SmartNews, Inc announced today that it has hired its first CFO, Kanishka Roy. Based in San Francisco, Roy will be responsible for all aspects of accounting, finance, capital markets execution and investor relations for the mobile news unicorn.

Roy brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and finance to bear on SmartNews’ financial operations across the company’s six worldwide offices. In that time, he has worked with software and internet companies, achieving outsized outcomes through public market IPOs, private placements and industry-defining M&A.

Most recently, Roy led Morgan Stanley’s M&A strategy for technology clients as the Global Head of M&A Origination, where he was responsible for industry-transforming transactions across technology sectors. Prior to that, he was a software investment banker with Oppenheimer & Co., helping high-growth companies with IPOs, M&A and private financings. Roy started his career as a software engineer at two startups – both of which were acquired by larger public companies – and also worked in strategy and corporate development roles at IBM. He holds a degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Roy joins SmartNews after the recent close of its $92M Series E round, raised to continue the expansion of its global engineering teams for machine learning, mobile, and backend development, fueling the company’s growth in the U.S. and worldwide. Roy will help SmartNews continue to scale its global growth as its proven mobile news discovery app sees increased consumer traction across multiple geographies with more than 20 million monthly users.