Andy Freire is one of most reputable entrepreneur in Latin America
After starting his career at Procter & Gamble, Andy co-founded and led Officenet (purchased by Staples in 2004), a company that revolutionized the industry of distribution (retail) of office supplies in Latin America raising over 50M USD (most of it after the Nasdaq 2000 crash) from investors including among others Goldman Sachs, GE Capital, George Soros, JP Morgan Chase, Warbug Pincus, KKR, THLee, Fleet-Boston Bank, GP Investimentos and Banco Santander. Andy led Officenet to grow organically from zero to over 80M USD in sales and almost 1,000 employees in a five year span. A case called â€œOfficenet: how to make entrepreneurship work in Argentinaâ€ was written by Harvard Business School.
Andy also co-founded Axialent where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Axialent is a consulting and corporate training firm that helps Fortune 500 firms align corporate culture and leadership behaviors with long term strategy and company values. Axialent has over twenty operations globally in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Axialentâ€™s academic board includes Peter Senge, Ken Wilber and Fred Kofman.
Andy collaborated regularly as â€œexpert entrepreneurâ€ with CNN en EspaÃ±ol. His awards include â€œGlobal Leader for Tomorrowâ€ in 2000 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), â€œLatin American Entrepreneur of the Yearâ€ in 2001 by Endeavor Foundation, and â€œWorld Young Business Achieverâ€ in 2002. Andy was also named in 2008 one of the 100 â€œYoung Global Leaders of the Worldâ€ by the WEF in Davos, Switzerland.
Andy graduated in Econonomics from San Andres and OPM from Harvard Business School.