Message from the CEO
Executive Management Team
Vice President, NineSigma Holdings
MSc., Electrical Engineering, University of Tokyo. Visiting Research Scientist at the University of Maryland (USA). Brought into NineSigma his work experience with Mitsubishi Electric, NOKIA and Samsung. Appointed to the executive team in 2017. Plays a promoter role in the Finnish ICT business/startup community, KAATO.
Experienced in R&D and business roles in global companies, where he executed Open Innovation projects with academia, established companies and startups. Launched the NineSigma Outreach Program to help established companies build bridges with startups globally. Leads NineSigma Holding’s new business development efforts for the Asia Pacific region.
Vice President, NineSigma Holdings
M.Sc. in Agriculture, University of Hokkaido. Prior to joining NineSigma, Ms. Murakami was a consultant with NIPPON KOEI CO., LTD., a leading Japanese Engineering Consulting company. Appointed to the executive team in 2017. She has completed numerous NineSigma projects for world-class Japanese companies. Through these projects, she has supported the Open Innovation process by providing matching services and developing client open innovation skills. In addition, she has taken lead in developing an efficient technology matching platform in cooperation with the Japanese national government for companies large and small. Directs NineSigma Holding’s new business development efforts focused on government service.
Vice President, Chief Sales Officer (NineSigma Europe, NineSigma North America)
Patrick Ferran is Vice President of NineSigma. He joined the company in September 2010 and has since actively promoted and delivered Open Innovation services to clients across Europe.
Patrick started his career in R&D at General Electric in the USA. He then joined Thalès Avionics in France where he worked in product development and international customer support services in the aviation industry. After an MBA he was hired by Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and worked in business process management and CRM implementation. From 2000 until NineSigma Patrick was involved as founder and executive manager in high tech start-up companies, active in CAD software, IT & Database infrastructure and Internet applications.
Patrick is a Civil Engineer from Ecole Polytechnique of the Free University of Brussels (MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1987). He got his MBA from Sciences Po Paris in 1996.
Vice President, Chief innovation officer
George Vincent is Vice President of NineSigma Europe. George joined NineSigma in July 2011 to help establish NineSigma’s presence in the United Kingdom and has since supported global client’s Open Innovation initiatives across the European region.
After gaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, George spent 15 years working with a number of blue–chip companies in the telecoms industry including Motorola, AT&T, France Telecom, GE and Cisco Systems in a variety of senior commercial and technical roles responsible for Europe and the EMEA regions. Prior to joining NineSigma, George spent 10 years in the innovation sector in various roles which included intellectual property management, technology acquisitions & commercialisation with the British Technology Group and as an independent innovation consultant and advisor on business growth strategies.
In 2005, George was appointed Visiting Professor of Innovation Design Engineering for the Royal College of Art & Design (RCA), the world’s leading postgraduate art & design university. As part of his remit he has led a number of joint corporate initiatives and delivered the ‘Creative Business Lecture Series’ for the course and also developed mentoring and coaching programs for start-up companies joining the InnovationRCA Incubator.