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Andy Freire

Founder and CEO
Officenet
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Andy Freire
Founder and CEO
Officenet
Buenos Aires,
Argentina
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1. What does it mean to you to have been selected as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow"?

It makes me very happy but at the same time it represents an amazing challenge because it doubles my commitment "give back" to the society in order to feel I truly deserve the award.

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2. You have been selected by the World Economic Forum for what you have already done in your life, "holding positions of considerable power, influence and responsability". What are the 3-5 things you are most proud of?

I was able to develop the fastest growing company in the office supplies industry in Latinamerica, raising over 40M USD from first tier investors and growing a company from 3 people to over 600! I also was awarded the Latin American Entrepreneur of the year award a couple of months ago as a recognition for being an ethical entrepreneur that also cares about giving back to his community. I've also been very committed to helping entrepreurship grow in Latin America by participating in several initiatives to mentor and promote the development of the local economies.

3. The World Economic Forum is "committed to improving improve the state of the world". You will participate in shaping tomorrow's world. What impact would you like to have?

I will try to spend less and less time in the "for profit" world and more and more time in the "non profit" world to really try to make Latin America but specially Argentina a better place to live in. By taking a more active role in local NGOs and by taking an active role in the pulic policy of Argentina I expect to be able to generate a major change in the quality of living of the inhabitants

4. The World Economic Forum is also a forum to discuss the present state of the world economy. What is the analysis you would give?

I think the world is more "fragile" than ever! I think the whole world is asking itself about its future and it values. I think we are experiencing a unique point of inflexion in history. The outcome is still to be defined and that is what makes get even more envolved than ever in trying to help somehow


Andy Freire
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Officenet
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

Birthdate: 1972

Professional Profile: Andy Freire founded and conducted Officenet start-up to grow from zero to $60MM annualized sales in a 48 month span, becoming the leading as fastest growing office supplies company in Latin America.

Officenet revolutionized the office supplies industry in many cases exceeding industry world benchmarks securing over $45MM in funding. His shareholders includes Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, G. Soros, GE Capital, THLee, GP Investimentos, Banco Santander, LVMH, Bank Boston-Fleet, Warburg Pincus. Andy managed the growth of the company from 3 employees to over 630 in Argentina and Brazil and achieved breakeven in Argentina after 20 months, two years ahead of planned. A Business case called "Officenet: how to make Entrepreneurship work in Argentina" was written by Harvard Business School for their MBA program and Officenet was named the "Leading Business Case of the year 2000" by Latintech 2000, Miami, USA.

Andy was given the "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award (2002) by the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland and the "Latin American Entrepreneur of the Year" award (2001) by Endeavor Foundation, New York, USA. Andy serves as member of the Board of Directors or Advisors of several companies and non profit NGOs in Latin America and the US. Andy is a BS in Economics from San Andres University (magna cum laude - 4th best student of all careers) and an OPM graduate candidate at Harvard Business School (Program 33).

Personal Profile: Undergraduate (Hons) in Economics, San Andrés University. Member, Endeavor Foundation. Author of Harvard business case "How to Make Entrepreneurship Work in Latin America". Recipient of award. He is 30 years old, married with one child

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