(Enterprise.Talk) IonQ, the leader in quantum computing, today announced new additions to its leadership team. Dave Bacon has joined IonQ as the Vice President of Software, coming to IonQ from Google’s quantum engineering team. Denise Ruffner, former Chief Business Officer of Cambridge Quantum Computing, has joined IonQ as the Vice President of Business Development.
“We are beyond thrilled to have Dave and Denise on board. Both are undeniable leaders in the quantum computing industry and will bring invaluable experience to the IonQ team as we continue to grow,” said IonQ CEO & President Peter Chapman. “Our mission is to attract the best talent in the world to help us build and scale, and having Dave and Denise join us from two of the industry’s biggest players further affirms that IonQ is the true leader in quantum.”
Dave Bacon, who was a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google, led the quantum software team where he helped launch Google’s quantum service this year. He was a key driver of Google’s quantum supremacy announcement and is one half of the Bacon-Shor Code for error correction. Dave holds a PhD in Physics from UC Berkeley and has a rich background in quantum research, serving as a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and the Santa Fe Institute, and more recently, as a research assistant professor in quantum information science at the University of Washington. At IonQ, Dave will lead efforts to engineer scalable quantum advantages on IonQ’s quantum computers.
Denise Ruffer, who was the Chief Business Officer for Cambridge Quantum Computing, has been widely recognized for her innovation, strategic planning, and sales leadership in quantum computing. She was an early employee of IBM Quantum, where she spearheaded the IBM Q Startup Program in 2018, led the worldwide ambassador program, and was responsible for sales strategy for the quantum team. She is Senior Advisor for the OneQuantum startup network, and the President of the Women in Quantum Chapter of OneQuantum, a quantum network dedicated to promoting and creating a community for the women in the quantum industry. Women in Quantum will host its third summit this December, sponsored by IonQ. “Women in Quantum is an organization that highlights the contributions that women are making in quantum computing and I am proud that IonQ agrees on the importance of this organization and is willing to support our next event. Given the tremendous innovation at IonQ, I look forward to their keynote talk” remarked Denise Ruffner, VP of Business Development.