SOURCE: NineSigma, Inc.

June 19, 2008 10:34 ET

NineSigma Appoints New Director of Business Development

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - NineSigma, the leading provider of open innovation (OI) solutions, today announced the appointment of David Kalasky as director of business development. Kalasky brings more than 20 years of innovation and business development experience to NineSigma, most recently serving as an account development manager for Sun Microsystems, a $14 billion network computing company.

During his eight years at Sun, Kalasky was responsible for revenues, margin and customer satisfaction for the company's global Motorola account. He led a cross-functional team in the negotiations of the initial Global Purchase and License Agreement (GPLA) in 2001, which has streamlined the sales process and continues to define the Sun-Motorola relationship today. Prior to Sun, Kalasky was the consulting operations manager for Motorola, where he managed a 35-person consulting services team spanning five international offices.

"David is a results-driven professional with a proven track record of increasing revenues, customer satisfaction and margins across a variety of industries," said Paul Stiros, president and CEO of NineSigma. "As we continue to expand NineSigma around the world, it will be critical that we have the right people in place to support our customers and help them find new ways to capitalize on open innovation opportunities. David has been instrumental in driving game-changing innovation at leading technology companies and will play a vital role within our business development team to do the same for our customers. We look forward to his ongoing contribution towards the success of NineSigma."

Before joining Motorola, Kalasky founded a new business start-up that provided software sales and services for manufacturing planning, logistics, optimization and decision support. He also served as product services manager for Systems Modeling Corporation, group manager for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and industrial engineer and production foreman for Consol Energy. Kalasky is a registered Professional Engineer, is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and was a recipient of the Westinghouse Chairman's Award. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in operations research from The Pennsylvania State University.

"Open innovation is a proven, cost-effective way for companies to grow the bottom line," stated Kalasky. "NineSigma provides the engine for open innovation with robust services for innovative discovery, connections and solutions. Based out of Chicago, my focus will be on expanding NineSigma's user-base, building account teams with NineSigma's existing clients and helping to coordinate NineSigma's upcoming Open Innovation Leadership Summit in Chicago in October 2008. NineSigma provides an exciting challenge for me at this point in my career, and I appreciate the company's confidence in my abilities to help the company continue to grow."

About NineSigma

NineSigma partners with Global 1000 companies to help transform their innovation capabilities and overcome business and technology challenges by connecting them with solutions not readily available in the public domain. NineSigma's proprietary processes for Open Innovation enables companies to dramatically improve speed to market while lowering product development costs. NineSigma's open network of innovators is the largest of its kind and spans industries, geographies and technical disciplines. Companies such as DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft, P&G, Philips, Unilever and Xerox engage NineSigma to build new innovation capabilities that leverage research and innovation globally to deliver greater value to their customers. NineSigma is a private company with offices in the United States, Belgium and Japan. For more information visit: www.ninesigma.com.

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