Sand 9 Welcomes Jean-Francois Baril to Board of Advisors

  Sand 9 Welcomes Jean-Francois Baril to Board of Advisors

Supply-chain executive from mobile and computing industries to advise maker of
                        precision MEMS timing products

Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- November 20, 2012

Sand 9, Inc., a pioneer in precision micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
timing products for wireless and wired applications, today announced that
Jean-Francois Baril—who most recently managed supply chain and procurement at
Nokia Corporation—has joined the company’s advisory board. With more than
twenty-five years’ experience in supply-chain management and procurement at
Nokia, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, Baril recently founded Connecting Partners
SA, his own supply-chain and procurement consultancy.

Supply-chain management expert Jean-Francois Baril join's Sand 9 Board of
Advisors. (Photo: Business ...

Supply-chain management expert Jean-Francois Baril join's Sand 9 Board of
Advisors. (Photo: Business Wire)

“In his advisory capacity with Sand 9, Jean-Francois plays an important role
in helping us to define and implement a supply-chain strategy that prepares us
to meet the volume and time-to-market requirements of our customers,” said
Vince Graziani, CEO, Sand 9. “Jean-Francois helped to transform Nokia’s supply
chain into the most respected and agile asset within the company. In the
process, he earned AMR Research’s ‘Best Organization of the World’ award for
his excellence in supply-chain management. We welcome him to our board of
advisors and know that his contributions will further strengthen our
market-readiness in the coming months.”

“I am excited to join the Sand 9 board of advisors,” said Jean-Francois Baril,
founder, Connecting Partners SA. “They are an extremely promising company
offering unique product capabilities for a huge target market. And they have
already made many of the right moves, in establishing supply-chain
relationships that will serve their customer base for high-value wired and
high-volume mobile markets. I look forward to our collaboration as they
progress toward commercialization of their precision MEMS timing products.”

Representing a multi-billion dollar market opportunity, timing devices provide
the ‘heartbeat’ for all electronic applications. Historically, this need has
been met by quartz crystals. Sand 9’s MEMS timing devices provide an
alternative with performance, quality and integration advantages over legacy
quartz crystal solutions.

About Sand 9

Founded in 2007 in Cambridge, MA, Sand 9 is a pioneer in precision MEMS timing
products. Leveraging its precision MEMS platform, Sand 9 currently offers MEMS
timing products that enhance quality and performance, simplify system design,
and promote space and power savings in integrated electronic systems. Sand 9’s
technology serves wireless and wired systems in a wide range of market
segments: mobile, industrial and communications. For more information on Sand
9, please contact us via phone: +617.453.2451, email: or web:

Sand 9 is a registered trademark of Sand 9, Inc. All other product and company
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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