Executive Team

Vern Brownell

President and Chief Executive Officer

Vern Brownell joined D-Wave as CEO in 2009, leading the company through its transition from research into the world’s first commercial quantum computing company. During his tenure D-Wave secured its first customers including Lockheed Martin, Google and NASA, and raised over $100 million in venture funding. Mr. Brownell joined D-Wave from Egenera, a pioneer of infrastructure virtualization, and a company he founded and at which he held various executive roles including CEO. Prior to Egenera, Mr. Brownell served 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. He holds an MBA degree from Anna Maria College and a BEng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Bo Ewald

President, D-Wave U.S.

Robert "Bo" Ewald leads the U.S. business as President and also heads up global customer operations for the company. 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 participated on many industry and government panels and committees, including being appointed by the White House to the President's Information Technology Advisory Council.

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 TED and TedX events to industry, scientific and executive conferences. 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. Dr. Rose writes regularly on the blog Hack the Multiverse

Warren Wall

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Warren Wall joined D-Wave with 14 years' experience in senior technology executive positions at Electronic Arts including Chief Operating Officer of its Canadian studio and VP Technology for World-wide Studios. During his career at D-Wave, Mr. Wall has managed all scientific research, processor development, chip fabrication, software development and engineering. His current focus is on key operational aspects including production, service and support, finance and administration. Mr. Wall holds a BSc. degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.

Eric Ladizinsky

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Eric Ladizinsky is a senior scientific management executive with a strong background in physics, engineering, materials, manufacturing and team building. Mr. Ladizinsky leads D-Wave's technical effort to develop the superconducting integrated circuit fabrication process and is often called upon to evangelize on all aspects of quantum computing. 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 has a BSc. Physics and Mathematics degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Loyola Marymount University.

Tanya J. Rothe

General Counsel and 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. Ms. Rothe is licensed to practise law in both California and British Columbia and is a registered patent and trade-mark agent.

Board of Directors

V. Paul Lee

Vanedge Capital Partners, D-Wave Board Chair

V. Paul Lee is the Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital and the former President of Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), the global leader in interactive software.

Geoff Catherwood

Business Development Bank of Canada

Mr. Catherwood is a Partner in BDC’s Energy/Cleantech Venture Capital Fund and has been a D-Wave Board member or Board Observer for the past 12 years. He administers the E/CT portfolio in Western Canada and is active on the boards of several early-stage companies.

Steve Jurvetson

DFJ

Steve Jurvetson is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail (MSFT), Interwoven (IWOV), and Kana (KANA) and serves on the board of SpaceXSynthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors (TSLA). 

Steven M. West

Mr. West, a 30-year veteran of the information technology marketplace, is the founder and a partner in, Emerging Company Partners LLC, a technology-consulting firm. Currently Mr. West serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems and Autodesk. 

Haig Farris

Fractal Capital

Haig Farris is co-founder and former Executive Chair of the Board of Directors of D-Wave, and he is the President of Fractal Capital, a private venture capital company financing high technology start-ups and resource service technology companies.

Alexei A. Andreev Ph.D.

Harris and Harris

Mr. Andreev is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Harris and Harris Group, an early stage, active investor in transformative companies. From 2002 to March 2005, he was an Associate with Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ where he was exclusively focused on nanotechnology and material science investment opportunities.

Don Listwin

Don Listwin serves on the board of directors of GenoLogics Sciences, Calix Networks, Clustrix, Joyent, Stratos Biosciences and Teradici, and is a venture partner at Icon Ventures. Mr. Listwin founded the Canary Foundation in 2004 which is dedicated to the early detection of cancer. He also serves on the board of scientific advisers for the National Cancer Institute, and is a consulting professor at Stanford University.

Vern Brownell

President and Chief Executive Officer

Vern Brownell joined D-Wave as CEO in 2009, leading the company through its transition from research into the world’s first commercial quantum computing company. During his tenure D-Wave secured its first customers including Lockheed Martin, Google and NASA, and raised over $100 million in venture funding. Mr. Brownell joined D-Wave from Egenera, a pioneer of infrastructure virtualization, and a company he founded and at which he held various executive roles including CEO. Prior to Egenera, Mr. Brownell served 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. He holds an MBA degree from Anna Maria College and a BEng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.