August 31, 2016

Finesse Solutions Appoints New Executives

Santa Clara, California – Finesse Solutions, Inc., a manufacturer of measurement and control solutions for life science process applications, has expanded its executive team with the appointment of three key individuals: Sara Kaur as chief financial officer, Robert Hayes as vice president of operations and Saroj Patnaik as vice president of enterprise sales.

“With these three key executives, Finesse will benefit from a diverse set of experiences and expertise to accelerate our execution, simplify how we do business, and drive operational rigor in all we do,” said Dr. Barbara Paldus, CEO and co-founder of Finesse Solutions. "The momentum we have in our business is undeniable, and we are very pleased with our rapid growth over the last three years. Our strategy is working, and with our new leadership team, I am confident Finesse will move even faster, innovate like never before seen in this industry, and finally, after almost a decade, decisively pull away from the competition.”

Ms. Kaur has served as vice president of finance since July 2015 and was recently promoted. Prior to joining Finesse, Ms. Kaur was finance director and international controller for Kulicke & Soffa, a publicly-traded company headquartered in Singapore. She has held senior accounting positions at Ameresco Inc., Microsemi Corporation and Varian Inc. Over the course of her career, Ms. Kaur has also consulted at Google, Symantec Corporation and Hercules Capital. Ms. Kaur received most of her education in England: she holds a Masters in Accounting and Finance from Birmingham City University and a Fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London. Ms. Kaur is also a Certified Public Accountant with the California Board of Accountancy.

Mr. Hayes joined Finesse in July and will oversee all of the company’s planning and operations. He has held president, CEO and other executive management roles in software and hardware development, control systems, operations and manufacturing. Companies he has co-founded or managed include Atherton Fiber, Purfresh Inc. and Veraloft LLC. Mr. Hayes has also served as vice president of technology at Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc., vice president of development and manufacturing at CellNet Data Systems Inc. and vice president of manufacturing at Everex Systems Inc. Mr. Hayes holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Rice University in Houston and began his career in structural engineering at Brown & Root, Inc., a global engineering and construction company.

Mr. Patnaik brings to Finesse many years of experience in life sciences global account sales and management. He spent over 17 years at Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, where he most recently led the global life sciences group. Prior to this, he held global account management and business development roles, launching new businesses and new regions for Emerson. Mr. Patnaik started his career at ABB in operations and development. He holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Instruments and Control from Madras Institute of Technology in India. Mr. Patnaik joined Finesse in May and will be responsible for SmartFactory™ and enterprise sales.

About Finesse Solutions, Inc.
California-based Finesse Solutions, Inc. has a proven record in providing turnkey, scalable solutions for single-use upstream bioprocessing and has begun innovating in solutions for downstream bioprocessing as well. The Finesse product platform includes state-of-the-art disposable sensors, modular automation hardware and intelligent software that can harmonize data and technology transfer globally. Finesse also offers a complete set of services, including commissioning and validation, for rapid and reliable deployment of single-use equipment.

Lisa Dunlevie
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