Rigetti Computing has appointed Michael Harburn as Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Harburn joined the company in 2018 and previously served as their Senior Vice President, Fabrication Operations and QPU Engineering. Before Rigetti, he also had roles at Kateeva, FormFactor, and other companies. You can view Rigetti’s announcement of his appointment here.

IQM Quantum Computers (IQM) has appointed Dr. Sierk Poetting as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Poetting is also the Chief Operating Officer at BioNTech SE, a next-generation immunotherapy company. IQM’s former Chairman, Axel Thierauf will now lead the recently formed IQM Quantum Council which aims to bring together a world-class network of leaders from the industry, public governance, and academia to accelerate growth and value creation for the quantum industry. Dr. Thierauf is also head of Thierauf Unternehmensberatung GmbH, a company that specializes in corporate finance. And finally, IQM has announced the appointment of Pia-Johanna Lemmetty as Head of Finance. Ms. Lemmetty has previous experience at This, Morgan Stanley, and Lazard. IQM’s announcement of these appointments is available here.

QC Ware announced that Christoph Siegert has joined the company as their new Head of Product. His role will be to lead the company’s software strategy and development globally and scale the company’s Quantum-as-a-Service Platform. Dr. Siegert was previously with Microsoft where he was a Senior Director with the Azure group responsible for expanding Azure into new cloud regions. QC Ware’s press release with announcing his appointment can be seen here.

Equal1 Laboratories has announced that Brendan Barry has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Mr. Barry joined the company from Intel Movidius where he was Director of VPU (Vision Processing Unit) Development. Elena Blokhina has assumed the role of Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). Dr. Blokhina has been working with the company since 2017 and has been a key architect of the company’s qubit technology. Equali1’s news release describing these new roles can be accessed here.

And finally, Multiverse Computing has hired Esperanza Cuenca Gómez as Head of Strategy and Outreach. Her role will include creating awareness of quantum technology and applications and also defining strategies and participating in various strategic projects. She previously was with Santander Consumer Finance E.F.C., S.A. as the Processes and Change Management Director. You can see her announcement here.

March 6, 2022