Q-CTRL has named Alex Shih as Head of Product. His responsibilities will include leading the company’s Product Management team to help the company deliver its technology to the broadest range of end users. Prior to joining Q-CTRL, Shih was a principal of technical products at Slack and has other previous experience at Airbnb, Planet, Twitter, Google, and Raytheon. Q-CTRL’s news release announcing his appointment is available here.

Zapata Computing has appointed Jay Liu as Head of Product. He will be responsible for product strategy and platform expansion for Zapata’s technology and clients. Prior to joining Zapata, Liu was the Vice President of Product Strategy at NS1 and earlier held leadership roles at  Dell EMC, Turbonomic, Brightcove, Cisco Systems, and other organizations. A news release from Zapata announcing his joining the company can be seen here.

Daniel Volz has joined Kipu Quantum as Co-founder and CEO. The company is working on application specific quantum computing for early industrial usefulness with a goal of providing industrial quantum advantage sooner than competing approaches. Prior to joining Kipu Quantum, Volz was a Project Manager at BASF where he led the effort to develop a strategy and pilot usage of quantum computing within BASF. And before that he was a Senior Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company where he helped to build up McKinsey global quantum computing activities across several core industries and geographies. A LinkedIn posting announcing that he has joined the company can be accessed here.

Dr. Gretchen Campbell is now the new Deputy Director of the U.S. National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO). This office carries out the daily activities needed for coordinating and supporting the U.S. National Quantum Initiative. Like other NQCO employees who are on assignment from other federal agencies, Dr. Campbell will be on a detail assignment for this role from her current position at Joint Quantum Institute, NIST/University of Maryland where she has been leading a group studying laser cooling and trapping. A Tweet from Charles Tahan, Director of the NQCO, announcing her appointment can be found here.

September 3, 2022