Vern Brownell, President and Chief Executive Officer
Vern Brownell joins D-Wave from Egenera, where he held various executive roles including CEO. Egenera is a global leader in delivering computing solutions that simplify datacenter infrastructure and operations. Over 350 enterprises around the world trust the Egenera BladeFrame hardware and PAN Manager software to run their most important business applications and achieve higher resource utilization, faster application time to market and lower total cost of ownership. Egenera was founded by Mr. Brownell in 2000 based on his experiences as the Chief Technology Officer at Goldman Sachs, where he and his staff of 1,300 were responsible for worldwide technology infrastructure including computing platforms, datacenters, data networking, telecommunications and trading-floor operations.
Prior to his tenure at Goldman, Brownell served in various management and engineering roles at Stratus Computer, Ztel and Digital Equipment. He holds an MBA degree from Anna Maria College and a BEng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Dr. Geordie Rose, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Geordie Rose is a founder and CTO of D-Wave. He is known as a leading advocate for quantum computing and physics-based processor design, and has been invited to speak on these topics in venues ranging from the 2003 TED Conference to Supercomputing 2008.
His innovative and ambitious approach to building quantum computing technology has received coverage in MIT Technology Review magazine, The Economist, New Scientist, Scientific American and Science magazines, and one of his business strategies was profiled in a Harvard Business School case study. He has received several awards and accolades for his work with D-Wave, including being short-listed for a 2005 World Technology Award.
Dr. Rose holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia, specializing in quantum effects in materials. While at McMaster University, he graduated first in his class with a BEng in Engineering Physics, specializing in semiconductor engineering.
Steve Cakebread, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer
A veteran of highly successful Silicon Valley firms, Mr. Cakebread joined D-Wave after serving as chief financial officer of Pandora Media, Inc., a provider of personalized Internet radio and music discovery services. Prior to Pandora he was president and chief strategy officer of Salesforce.com, a customer relationship management service provider. Other roles with Salesforce.com include executive vice president and chief financial officer. Before that, Mr. Cakebread served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Autodesk and Silicon Graphics World Trade.
Mr. Cakebread holds a B.S. in business from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Indiana University.
Robert "Bo" Ewald, President, D-Wave U.S. and Chief Revenue Officer
Robert "Bo" Ewald leads the U.S. business as President and also heads up global customer operations as the company's Chief Revenue Officer. Mr. Ewald brings a long history with other pioneering technology organizations to D-Wave. He was at visualization and HPC leader SGI twice, most recently as CEO, and had a number of roles at supercomputing leader Cray Research including President, COO and CTO. Mr. Ewald has led several start-up companies as CEO/Chairman including Linux Networx, e-Stamp, and most recently Perceptive Pixel. He started his career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory working on computer graphics and high performance computing and ran the Computing Division at the laboratory for several years.
Mr. Ewald has served on the Boards of Directors of several public and private companies and has participated on many industry and government panels and committees, including being appointed by the White House to the President's Information Technology Advisory Council.
Eric Ladizinsky, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist
Eric Ladizinsky is a senior scientific management executive with strong background in physics, engineering, materials, and manufacturing. He brings specific expertise in multi-disciplinary R&D, technical team building, creation and management of infrastructure, and convergence of R&D efforts with full-scale manufacturing. At Northrop Grumman Space Technology (formerly TRW, Inc.), he ran a multi-million dollar DARPA program in Quantum Computing using superconducting integrated circuit technology. Mr. Ladizinsky leads D-Wave's technical effort to develop the superconducting integrated circuit fabrication process and has introduced industrial optimization practices for high yields, including construction of custom vacuum systems, automated testing infrastructure, and specialized low noise electronics. From our US foundry location, he runs the entire fabrication process - thin film deposition, photolithography, etching, testing and troubleshooting. Mr. Ladizinsky is also an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Loyola Marymount University, where he has taught courses including classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory and quantum theory. He worked with faculty and students to bring the quantum mechanics program current with state-of-the-art in quantum theory, covering quantum computing, decoherence theory and modern experimental techniques. Mr. Ladizinsky has a BSc. Physics and Mathematics degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 3 granted US patents covering advanced superconducting IC processes and new materials development.
Warren Wall, EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Warren Wall joined D-Wave with 14 years' experience in senior executive positions at Electronic Arts. His core responsibilities at D-Wave include all research, product development, financial and administrative functions. Mr. Wall's prior positions include Chief Operating Officer of EA Canada, as well as VP Global Online Studios and VP Technology for EA World-wide Studios. His most recent position encompassed the technology groups that created and maintained the core math, physics, graphics and animation systems utilized in the majority of games published by EA. Prior to EA, Mr. Wall held technical, sales and senior project management positions in various Vancouver-based high technology companies. Mr. Wall holds a BSc. degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
Tanya J. Rothe, General Counsel & Director of Intellectual Property
Tanya Rothe holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering (Chemistry Honours)
and a Bachelor of Law from the University of British Columbia. Following law school, Ms.
Rothe was selected to clerk for Madam Justice McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada (now
Chief Justice of Canada), and subsequently worked as an associate at Bull, Housser & Tupper,
where she specialized in engineering and complex commercial litigation.
Prior to joining D-Wave, Ms. Rothe worked as Intellectual Property Counsel at Ballard Power Systems, where she was responsible for managing a significant portion of Ballard's intellectual property portfolio, including all of the intellectual property developed by Ballard's US materials and electric drive and power conversion divisions. In 2003, Ms. Rothe obtained her designation as a registered patent agent.
Jeremy P. Hilton, Vice President, Processor Development
Jeremy Hilton joined D-Wave directly after obtaining his BSc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia. As Director of Intellectual Property, he was primarily responsible for managing the transfer of intellectual property from D-Wave's global collaborative network to D-Wave. In less than three years, he grew D-Wave's Intellectual Property portfolio from 13 to 126 patents filed. With his knowledge of the IP behind our technology, Mr. Hilton was a natural choice to assume responsibility for management of the processor development effort when D-Wave undertook the project to bring the ideas to fruition.
Since 2004, Mr. Hilton has led a team of engineers and scientists in D-Wave's Processor Development group, creating a world-class R&D facility and focusing their technical efforts on building the first scalable quantum processors in the world. He led the creation of the worlds' most advanced superconducting integrated circuit foundry, centrally managed in state-of-the-art semiconductor facilities in Silicon Valley, which produced the quantum processor behind D-Wave's first product and continues to push to unprecedented levels of integration. Projects have ranged from the design, modeling and testing of superconducting devices to the development of low-noise superconducting fabrication processes. Mr. Hilton is a named inventor on 28 granted US patents.
Dr. William Macready, Vice President, Software Engineering
William Macready joined D-Wave from NASA's Ames Research Center, where he was a Senior
Research Scientist. At NASA, Dr. Macready formed a group in Machine Learning and built
intelligent algorithms for high-performance scheduling, the automated design of satellite
antennae, and learning algorithms for the automated extraction of knowledge from NASA
satellite and deep space imagery.
Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Macready was Vice President of Science and Research for Prowess Software and was responsible for the design and prototyping of a multi-dimensional matching engine for electronic marketplaces. Before that, he was Vice President of Science for BiosGroup, a Cap Gemini Ernst and Young funded consulting company applying complexity science advances to the solutions of complex business problems. Dr. Macready has managed the delivery of numerous projects to Fortune 500 customers.
Dr. Macready holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Toronto and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications in physics, machine learning, optimization, economics, and theoretical biology journals. Articles discussing the implications of his work have appeared in New Scientist and The New Yorker magazines.
David Pires, Vice President, Hardware Engineering
David Pires is responsible for turning D-Wave's technology into a deployable product. His responsibilities include the cryogenic refrigeration that cools the superconducting processor to millikelvin temperatures, the engineering of the ultra low-noise and low-magnetic field environment required for processor operation, and the overall system operation and control. Mr. Pires brings with him over 20 years of experience in engineering management, R&D, and multi-disciplinary product development of high reliability mission critical capital equipment. He spent 11 years at Creo Inc. (acquired by Kodak in 2005) during which time the company led the digitization of the printing industry. Mr. Pires was a Principal Engineer at Creo, holding various positions in engineering and management as the company grew from 150 to 4500 employees. He was a key contributor in the development, successful product introduction, and support of high precision electro-opto-mechanical systems. Prior to joining D-Wave, Mr. Pires was the Engineering Manager at a clean tech startup and prior to his time at Creo he worked in the engineering development of medical device and laboratory automation systems at Andronic Devices and Automed Corp. He is a named inventor on 6 granted US patents. Mr. Pires is a P. Eng. and holds a B.A.Sc. Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia.
Roslynn Drewitt-Lange, Vice President, Finance
Roslynn brings to D-Wave Systems over 20 years of senior management experience in financial planning, accounting and system implementation. Prior to D-Wave she spent 15 years at Electronic Arts, holding various positions from Studio Asst Controller/Manager of FP&A, Director of Financial and Strategic Planning for Worldwide Studios and most recently as Head of Studio Finance at the Black Box Studio.
At EA, Ms. Drewitt was a key contributor in the standardization and implementation of global studio procedures and systems. She was the lead contributor in developing global lifetime franchise reporting which enhanced executive decision making.
Ms. Drewitt is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Elizabeth Barnard, Director, Human Resources
Elizabeth Joined D-Wave in January 2013 and oversees the Human Resources Function at D-Wave. She is a seasoned Human Resources Professional with over 15 years of experience in many diverse industries. Most recently Elizabeth was Director of Global Human Resources at Blast Radius Inc. and prior to that worked for Inimex Pharmaceuticals and BC Research.
Elizabeth is a true generalist at heart; she brings expertise in Leadership and Organizational Development, Community Engagement, and Compensation Management. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BFA in Theater Management and has a Diploma in Human Resources Management (Honours) from BCIT. She is a member of the BC Human Resources Management Association, earning her CHRP designation in 2003. Since 2002 Elizabeth has served on the PMC Sierra Science Fair Fun Run committee.