FreeBalance Modernizing public financial management.



Manuel Pietra, President & CEO

About Manuel Pietra, FreeBalance President and CEO
Manuel Pietra 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 and presently is a board member for the International Consortium on Government Financial Management (ICGFM). 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.

Donald Gibbons, Chief Financial Officer

Donald Gibbons has a broad experience in business and financial engineering, including corporate restructuring, acquisitions, and divestitures. Gibbons held various senior financial and general management positions, including 10 years with CIBC Corporate Banking Group after leaving Ernst & Young. While based in Canada and Hong Kong, Gibbons was responsible for structuring and negotiating complex domestic and international financing transactions.

As Chief Financial Officer at FreeBalance, Gibbons is responsible for the overall financial, legal and administrative operations of the company. Gibbons holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from McMaster University. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Doug Hadden, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Innovation

Doug Hadden is an industry veteran with an extensive experience in enterprise technologies. Hadden has more than 20 years of management, sales, marketing and product management experience at several industry-leading public and private companies, including Standard Register, Delano Technology, Platform Computing, Hummingbird, and Olivetti. Hadden is a recognized expert in strategic planning and technology in government.

As Executive Vice President, Innovation in the Office of the CEO, Doug will help identify new global markets, new technologies and trends, new and enhanced internal processes. He will also lead a team responsible for developing prototypes and go-to-market strategies. Innovation is a key component of the 2015 business plan. He holds a BA Honours degree in Political Science from Carleton University.

Suanne Dorion, Vice President, Knowldege Management

Suanne Dorion is a leader in best practices for global implementations with 20 years of experience in large projects management and technical roles at financial and performance software companies. She brings experience in the entire product lifecycle, including feasibility studies, requirements analysis, design, development, quality assurance, delivery and post-delivery support. Dorion has been noted for her leadership and success in managing the delivery of solutions in developing nations.

As Vice President, Knowledge Management, Suanne will provide executive oversight on all FreeBalance implementation projects. Knowledge Management will provide guidance and project quality assurance in support of the regions. Suanne's team will also work to build internal capacity through certification.

Matthew Olivier, Vice President, Marketing

Matthew Olivier has an extensive background in public relations and international marketing and has spent more than 12 years in the high technology field. He has played a lead role in helping FreeBalance establish itself as the public sector brand of choice for government financial management through customer-centric initiatives such as the FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) and the introduction of new client outreach and support programs. Olivier has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University which he obtained in 1996.

As Vice President, Marketing, Matthew will be responsible for providing strategic marketing, communication, and business development direction for FreeBalance products, solutions and services. He will lead marketing and business development activities to support FreeBalance growth in the GRP market.

Aldo Sagastume, Vice President, Products

Aldo brings more than 13 years of experience working with Integrated Financial Management Information Systems, at the national and sub-national government levels in different countries. As Vice President, Products, Aldo will be responsible for new product development and ongoing product planning for the FreeBalance Accountability Suite. Aldo will work to align product requirements with customer needs, market requirements, industry good practices and international standards.

Sagastume manages the FreeBalance team in Guatemala. He holds a Master Business Administration from Instituto Universitario de Postgrado, Spain and a Systems Engineering from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.

Gerard Rao, Vice President, Pre-Sales

Gerard Rao is an expert in building and managing successful customer service with over 15 years of experience in customer support and quality assurance. Rao leverages experiences from Neuma Technology, Watchfire and ActivCard to introduce a Customer Oriented Software Quality Assurance (COSQA) methodology at FreeBalance.

As Vice President, Pre-Sales, Gerard will work closely with the regional teams to ensure consistent execution and compliance with FreeBalance pre-sales processes, standards and procedures. Gerard will provide leadership and guidance to the pre-sales team as it works to align FreeBalance solutions with customer and prospect requirements. He holds a BA Honours Degree in Geography and Political Science from Carleton University and a graduate diploma in Applied Information Technology.

Pedro Raimundo, Vice President, Research & Development

Pedro Raimundo has worn many hats for FreeBalance over the years. We are happy to announce that Pedro has moved to the new role of Vice President, Research & Development. In this role, Pedro will provide leadership in support of our research and development team and operations in Portugal. He will also oversee the FreeBalance product development efforts in India.

Carol Tracey, Director, Human Resources

Carol Tracey directs FreeBalance human resource management strategies to support worldwide growth. Carol designs and implements global talent management programs to attract, develop, and retain qualified talent that compliment the high performance culture of FreeBalance.

Carol has more than 20 years of human resource management leadership experience in the high tech industry including executive positions held at IBYHR, Optovation, Sige Semiconductor and Nitidus Technologies. Carol has participated with multiple M&A activities, corporate restructuring and fundraising activities.

Carol has successfully aligned FreeBalance human resource practices with company growth to enhance the workforce capability set, helping to develop an international presence for the company by doubling the FreeBalance workforce in a two year period.