Manuel Pietra Selected as President-Elect
Manuel Pietra, President and CEO, has been selected by the ICGFM Board of Directors as the ICGFM President Elect [press release link]. Mr. Pietra will become the ICGFM President in January 2013 and serve for two years. As President, Mr. Pietra will serve as the Chair of the Executive Committee and will provide vision and leadership to support the continued growth of the ICGFM as the world’s foremost community of Public Financial Management (PFM) practitioners. This is a voluntary position. The vision to increase the sharing of good governance practices demonstrates the FreeBalance commitment to the PFM community and follows the FreeBalance mandate as a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE).
ICGFM provides a writing pen to all speakers at events. It has become a tradition for those entrusted with handing out this token of appreciation to practice hyperbole about the value and importance of the pen.
FreeBalance Commitment to ICGFM
FreeBalance is unique as a software company by focused exclusively on government needs with a business model designed to make Government Resource Planning (GRP) financial sustainable. FreeBalance has been sponsoring ICGFM events for a decade and is a Platinum Sponsor this year. FreeBalance provides speakers to ICGFM on topics such as “The Social Future of Public Financial Management” and “The Integrated Financial Management System of the Future.”
About Manuel Pietra
Manuel Pietra is the President & CEO of FreeBalance. He is a global executive with more than 25 years of successful management experience from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. As President and CEO of FreeBalance, Mr. Pietra leads global growth strategies and customer engagement. Mr. Pietra has transformed FreeBalance into a customer-centric and socially responsible company. Mr. Pietra won the 2011 Next Generation Executive of the Year Award sponsored by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). His leadership and vision also led the company to win the prestigious 2009 Canada Export Achievement Award.
Manuel Pietra has held executive positions on the boards of several international companies and actively participated in the venture capital arena. Mr. Pietra has participated in several successful IPO’s in the USA, Europe and South Africa. Mr. Pietra is multilingual and graduated in Business Management from the South African Institute of Management. He often speaks at high profile investment seminars and technology conferences across the world in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.