Breather gets new CTO with eyes on hiring in Montreal


Breather, the Montreal-based company that offers on-demand quiet spaces to work and relax, is bringing on a new chief technology officer (CTO) in Philippe Bouffaut, who formerly served at Cision as VP of products and engineering.

Over the next year, the company’s new CTO will “double-down on recruitment efforts” for engineering talent at the Montreal office. Breather also has an office in New York City.

According to a release, Bouffaut’s key role in his new job will be to advance Breather’s tech stack to offer customers “a more seamless digital and physical workplace experience.”

“Now is the time to amplify the company’s existing technology to meet the next wave of flexible workspace needs and office management priorities,” said Bouffaut. “The role of office space and real-estate managers is shifting rapidly and I am excited to develop the tech stack needed to help them succeed.”

The news comes during an eventful year for Breather, after new CEO Bryan Murphy came on board in January following an $85 million funding round for the company. After Murphy came former Buzzfeed CFO Mark Frackt (CFO) and Glenn Felson (chief sales officer).

“Our first priority was making the office renting process as easy as calling a cab and we’ve succeeded in setting a best-in-class precedent,” said the CEO Murphy. “What lays ahead of us is equally transformational for the customer experience and Philippe is the executive to execute on our vision.”

Breather offers a global network of meeting spaces and private office space with month-to-month commitment. The company’s 500 private spaces in 10 cities have served more than 500,000 clients from startups to established brands like American Express, Spotify, Away, and Tesla.

Bouffaut brings over two decades of experience in software as a service and product design to his new role. At Cision he was responsible for developing a cloud-based communication platforms’ product and software applications. Before that, Bouffaut spent almost 20 years at CEDROM Technologies where he created an AI-based media listening product that ultimately sold to Cision.

At release noted that Bouffaut’s immediate focus at Breather will be on expanding its tech stack that combines searching, booking, payment and access. On the back end, he’ll help create a fully featured product suite that focuses on productivity for managers and employees.

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