NineSigma Appoints Charles J. Brez to Lead Corporate Sales and Marketing

Aug 06, 2001, 01:00 ET from NineSigma, Inc.

    CLEVELAND, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- NineSigma, Inc. announced today that
 Charles J. Brez, an executive with more than 30 years of corporate management,
 sales and technical experience, has been named senior vice president of sales
 and marketing, effective immediately.
     NineSigma provides strategic outsourcing services and products for the
 global R&D community, significantly cutting time-to-market development cycles
 and matching buyers and suppliers of technology in ways never before possible.
     Brez will be responsible for growing NineSigma's sales operations both
 nationally and internationally, building upon the company's existing corporate
 client base.  He also will introduce large industrial customers to NineSigma's
 new ProposalNet(TM), an easy and effective way of screening a wide range of
 potential research opportunities from literally thousands of sources
     Prior to joining NineSigma, Brez held the position of Senior Vice
 President/General Manager of the chemical business unit for ABB Automation, a
 multinational organization.  He was previously Vice President/General Manager,
 of the process business unit and Vice President, Sales for Bailey Controls
 Company.  Earlier, he spent more than 20 years in executive-level positions in
 business development and product management at Monsanto Company, and their
 Fisher Controls unit.  He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical
 engineering from St. Louis University.
     Brez said his prior experience assisting with the capitalization of R&D
 activity fostered a strong interest in the value offering of NineSigma.
     "Web-enablement of R&D projects, paired with the expertise and technical
 tools offered by NineSigma, creates a formidable resource for expediting and
 enhancing development cycles," said Brez.  "NineSigma is filling a void and
 providing next-stage solutions in technology transfer.  I wanted to have an
 impact in taking that opportunity to larger industrial audiences."
     Attracting someone with Brez's experience and stature was critical to a
 young company already interacting with some of the world's largest
 corporations, said NineSigma President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Donald
     "With an exceptional degree of technical and sales experience, Charlie has
 a unique ability to understand problems and issues of importance to executives
 managing complex corporate R&D operations," said Anthony.  "Charlie's
 credibility, coupled with NineSigma's services and offerings, gives our
 customers an entirely new perspective on ways to add value to their programs
 and to the overall technical function."
     About NineSigma
     NineSigma accelerates and broadens the impact of the R&D enterprise by
 identifying, qualifying and matching R&D buyers and suppliers. The company's
 deep experience within the R&D community has resulted in Internet-based
 solutions that enable corporate R&D functions to shorten internal development
 time by sourcing leading-edge science and technology. NineSigma was founded on
 the principles that dynamic companies require a continuous stream of
 innovation choices to energize their product lines and drive sales from new
 products. This business concept enables organizations to efficiently,
 effectively and confidentially access global science and technology resources
 to meet their critical needs.
     NineSigma's management team, directors and advisors include R&D leaders
 from industry, government and academia. The company's founder and chairman,
 Mehran Mehregany, is the Goodrich Professor of Engineering Innovation at Case
 Western Reserve University, founder of Advanced MicroMachines, Inc., and
 founder and chairman of FiberLead, Inc.
     NineSigma, which began operating in August 2000, was selected "Most
 Promising New Company" in the 2000 Cleveland Area Knowledge Industry awards
 competition, sponsored by the North East Ohio Software Association.  For more
 information on NineSigma, go to .
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