Rigetti Computing has appointed Thomas J. Iannotti as their new Chairman of the Board. He is also currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Applied Materials Inc. Mr. Iannotti has extensive experience in the computing industry and had served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Services, at Hewlett-Packard Company before his retirements from that company. Earlier in his career, he had worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computer. Mr. Iannotti’s predecessor, Cathy McCarthy, will continue to serve on the Rigetti Board of Directors. A press release announcing his appointment is available here.

As part of their expansion into North America, Alice & Bob, have named Blaise Vignon as the President of Alice & Bob USA. He will be opening a company office in Boston, Massachusetts and will lead the company’s North American business development efforts. Mr. Vignon has been the company’s Chief Product Officer since 2022. He has prior experience at Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, Nvidia, and several startup companies in the Paris, France region. A news release from Alice & Bob announcing their North American expansion and Mr. Vignon’s selection to lead it can be seen here.

Infleqtion has named Dr. Tim Ballance as President and Dr. Marco Palumbo as Director of Business Development at Infleqtion UK. Dr. Ballance has been with Infleqtion/Coldquanta in their Oxford, UK office since 2017 and has held a number of roles including Lead Scientist, Director of UK R&D, and General Manager. Under his guidance the Infleqtion UK team has won a several projects. Dr. Palumbo joins Infleqtion from Innovate UK where he served as Innovation Lead in the Quantum Technologies Challenge team. Before that he served as a Licensing and Ventures Manager at Oxford University Innovation where he helped create and served as a board observer for several companies that had spun out of the university. His role will include developing new partnerships for Infleqtion in the UK. A press release from Infleqtion announcing Dr. Ballance’s appointment can be accessed here and another press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Palumbo can be view here.

IonQ has announced that Dr. Chris Monroe, a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of the company will be leaving the company to return back to his academic and policy pursuits at Duke University. Dr. Monroe helped start the company in 2015 and was also was one of the early researchers in ion trap quantum technology which he first started studying 20 years ago. Besides being involved with the advanced ion trap research at the Monroe Lab at Duke, he will also be involved with quantum workforce education and providing advise to quantum institutes worldwide. A press release from IonQ announcing he will be departing the company is available here.

November 4, 2023