Disruptive bill payment app Papaya expands its leadership team with veteran executives Bryan Haynes and Shemika Jones

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Papaya, a mobile bill payment app that simplifies bill payments for consumers using computer vision technology, announced two new senior executive hires to accelerate business growth and increase access to its frictionless payment solutions. Papaya has named Bryan Haynes as chief revenue officer and Shemika Jones as chief compliance and risk officer. In their new roles, Haynes and Jones will play a key role in the expansion of Papaya, which seeks to become the preferred bill payment method for consumers and businesses across the United States.

“We are thrilled to have Bryan and Shemika join the Papaya team,” said Papaya CEO and Co-Founder Patrick Kann. “Their skills and experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow the business and introduce new products this year. Bryan and Shemika’s decision to join us is a testament to the strong culture and mission we have cultivated here at Papaya.

Bryan Haynes joins Papaya as the company’s chief revenue officer, bringing over twenty years of experience as a payments manager. Haynes previously co-founded Blackhawk Network in 2001, where he served as senior vice president of business development before becoming group vice president of strategic sales in 2008. In this role, Haynes managed the sales and Blackhawk’s business development, was responsible for go-to-market strategy and led new product initiatives, including creating the prepaid gift card concept which became the company’s primary business model and resulted in prepaid gift cards for retailers and restaurants available at 60,000 stores nationwide. Prior to Blackhawk, Haynes spent five years at ARCO AMPM, now BP, as a financial analyst in their retail division. He holds a BS in business management from the University of Southern California.

“Like most people, I was sick of paying bills and was blown away when I experienced Papaya’s frictionless solution,” said Haynes, Chief Revenue Officer at Papaya. “Besides Papaya’s incredible technology and the company’s immense potential, what really stood out for me was the culture. When I first spoke to Patrick, I was immediately drawn by his passion for the product and his desire to create a mission-driven team.

Shemika Jones joins Papaya as Chief Compliance and Enterprise Risk Officer. She brings more than two decades of risk and compliance experience in the payments industry, most recently holding the same role at cash payment network PayNearMe, a subsidiary of Handle Financial. Prior to PayNearMe, Jones spent five years at Green Dot Corporation, where she served as Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management and led risk and compliance functions for three acquired wallets. Prior to Green Dot, she was Vice President of Operational Integrity at WesCorp. Jones began her career at KPMG LLP, where she spent six years as an audit manager. She holds a BS in Accounting from Illinois State University.

“What drew me to Papaya was the contagious passion and authenticity that resonates throughout the organization,” said Jones, chief compliance and risk officer at Papaya. “Furthermore, as someone with a heart of service, Papaya has given me the opportunity to help others by tackling the number one source of stress for American families: finances.”

These new appointments follow Papaya’s $50 million Series B funding round in December 2021 led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Expanding the core team is a top priority for this additional funding, and Papaya is actively seeking qualified candidates for various positions within the organization.

About Papaya

Papaya is a mobile app that simplifies bill paying for consumers with its frictionless bill understanding technology. Consumers can pay any bill in seconds simply by taking a photo of it, choosing a payment method and sending it through the Papaya app. The company’s mission is to address the number one source of stress and anxiety for American families, finances, and to help billers of all sizes and in all industries get paid faster and more often. Papaya is one of the highest-rated fintech apps on the App Store, with over 75,000 reviews, and backed by investors including Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, and First Round Capital.

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