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Meet The FreshBooks Team

 

 

Mike McDerment

Chair of The Board and Co-Founder
Mike is the co-founder of FreshBooks, the #1 accounting software in the cloud, designed exclusively for freelancers and growing service-based business owners. Built-in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 30 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.

Don Epperson

CEO
Don has over 20 years experience as CEO or Executive Chairman, co-founding companies such as HookMedia, Simpli.fi, and Enervee.com. He’s also helped scale companies like ispDigital, and Integral Ad Science and operated Havas Media (a large scale global company with a network of thousands of employees across 140 countries). Outside the office, Don is very involved with buildOn.org – a global charitable organization that focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations by building schools in impoverished countries.

Mark Girvan

Chief Revenue Officer
Mark is a general management executive with a track record of delivering significant growth in new business markets. He prides himself on being a results-oriented leader who focuses on operational excellence through developing teams and motivating change across functional groups. At FreshBooks, Mark leads the efforts to grow our community of loyal micro-business customers.

Mara Reiff

Chief Data Officer
As Chief Data Officer at FreshBooks, Mara Reiff is transforming the way FreshBooks acts on data and insights. Previously an executive in the telecommunications industry, Mara brings an edge to the team with her background in Business Intelligence and Customer Excellence. One of IBM’s Global Women Leaders in AI, Mara holds an engineering degree with a specialization in Applied Mathematics and Chemical Engineering, as well as an MBA. When she’s not wrangling data, she’s cooking up culinary masterpieces with her two kids.

Wayne Jackson

Chief Financial Officer
Wayne has 40+ years of global finance experience, serving both as CFO at public and private companies, as well as a senior client service partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has provided strategic leadership and vision to high-growth, global companies spanning the technology, telecommunications, and media/entertainment industries. Wayne is a graduate of The University of Alabama. He enjoys going on very long hikes/walks, playing golf (not good golf) with his wife Nancy, and spending time with his three children and two grandchildren!

Paul Cowan

Chief Commercial Officer
Paul has marketed phones, food, booze, toys, and SaaS products over the years at both big companies and start-ups. He likes results, and he’s even won a few awards that are sitting on a shelf somewhere. More importantly, he’s written entries for various publications that his mom is extremely proud of. Outside of work, Paul likes to be outside of work—building things at his cabin or sliding down the sides of mountains.

Renee Pianka

Chief People Officer
Renee is a business leader who has spent her career in HR and loved every moment. People and culture fuel her passion for her craft. She brings values-oriented leadership to the FreshBooks Human Resources team as Chief People Officer—as well as a lifetime of invaluable experience. Renee has managed Global HR organizations of every size and dimension as VP of HR at EMC and has led teams through the purchase and integrations of multiple companies. During her most recent experience at Acacia Communications, she took the company public through its subsequent sale to Cisco Systems. Renee holds a Bachelor of Science and MBA from Northeastern University. She is based outside of Boston, where you can find her enjoying sliding down and hiking up mountains, traveling the world and playing with her grandchildren.

Oliver Fisher

Chief Technology Officer
Oliver leads the FreshBooks technical organization that turns dreams into reality. His mission is to help develop a world-class engineering organization building an industry-leading product. In previous lives, Oliver spent time at Microsoft, Google and Shopify. Outside of FreshBooks, you’ll find Oliver with his partner and their three kids, reading (sci-fi and British crime), listening to trance or deep house, skiing or playing video games. Or, some combination of the above. Oliver’s pronouns are he, him and his.

Dragana Ljubisavljevic

Senior VP, Markets
Dragana leads Markets at FreshBooks, working to deliver international expansion. She has extensive experience building and leading international businesses, focusing on startups, high-tech industries, and markets. An engineer with an MBA, her commercial and technical expertise spans digital, mobile, e-commerce, email, data, and telecoms. She has worked for some of the largest global brands, including Groupon, Return Path, Yahoo!, Motorola, Panasonic, and NEC. Dragana was the finalist and judge for the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. Passionate about startups, she has been a mentor with Techstars, a leading technology startup accelerator.

Stefano Grossi

Senior VP, Product
Stefano is a true global citizen. Hailing from Italy, with a 10-year stop in Canada, Stefano now leads FreshBooks’ Product team from our Amsterdam office, where he brings vision, perspective, and a wild roster of experience to the FreshBooks team. Coding since age eight, Stefano holds an advanced degree in software engineering. His resume includes work as a Firefighter & EMT, a role as Vice President of Product Development at SOTI, executive consultant, and founder of multiple startups. Truly customer and team-obsessed, Stefano’s mission is to innovate continuously; focus and a shared product vision drive all his efforts. In his happiest place, you can find him diving, climbing, coaching the next generation of ski champions, racing motorcycles, and having fun trying to keep up with his three young children.

Matthew Baker

Senior VP, Strategic Planning
Matthew Baker leads Corporate Development at FreshBooks, working to acquire and integrate companies with a shared mission. A natural team-builder, he has experience as a general manager across functions and new ventures, particularly in the finance and technology industry. He has worked for industry powerhouses including Google and McKinsey. Outside of the office, Matthew teaches a course on Managing Change and Ambiguity in the Workplace and sits on the board for a local non-profit, helping adults to earn their high-school equivalency diploma. He’s an avid fan of sports, science fiction, and ice cream, not necessarily in that order.

Levi Cooperman

Founder
Levi is a professional engineer with a BEng from the University of Victoria. Before joining FreshBooks, Levi managed projects at Apex Systems Integrators Inc., where his clients included Canadian Tire, Nestlé, and Parmalat. Levi’s long term goals include: never losing the contest to wear shorts to the office for as long as humanly possible, someday growing back his mullet he had in the eighties and getting on the jumbotron at the Raptors game at least once a year.


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