Minister of Modernization, Innovation and Technology of Buenos Aires City Government
Andres Freire serves as Minister of Modernization, Innovation and Technology in the Buenos Aires City Government. Prior to this, Freire was an entrepreneur, both in the business and social sectors.
After starting his career at Procter & Gamble, Freire Co-Founded 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.
Freire 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 “Officenet: how to make entrepreneurship work in Argentina” was written by Harvard Business School and taught at over 25 universities including the universities of Stanford, Chicago, Columbia, Georgetown, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) and Commercial University of Paris.
Freire also Co-Founded Axialent where he served as chairman and CEO until December 2011. Axialent is a global consulting and corporate training firm with operations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Axialent helps Fortune 500 firms align corporate culture and leadership behaviors with long term strategy and company values.
Since 2011 Freire has focused on building Quasar Ventures, a company builder of tech companies. Through Quasar, Freire Co-Founded Restorando.com, an online restaurant booking platform, Avenida.com the largest e-tailer in Argentina, Rodati.com a lead generator for new car sales in Brazil and Trocafone.com, a buy and sell platform for used smartphones.
Freire has a Licenciatura in Economics with honors magna cum laude from the University of San Andrés in Buenos Aires, and is an OPM (33) from Harvard Business School.