"Hard to be vulnerable as a CEO. We're seen as hard-charging people," Pushpay co-founder Chris Heaslip told the Herald today.

Moments earlier, Heaslip has been hosting a conference call for analysts, which beyond discussing his company's maiden profit included the surprise news that he would be stepping down on May 31, replaced by veteran Kiwi business executive Bruce Gordon.

"The skills required to take a business from 0 to $100 million are radically different from those to get it to $300 million," Heaslip said.

He and co-founder Eliot Crowther created Pushpay - a mobile app for managing the church, non-profit

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Maiden profit

2020 forecast

US listing still on hold

Boardroom reshuffle