Quantinuum Names Rajeeb (Raj) Hazra Chief Executive Officer

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  • Rajeeb (Raj) Hazra has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Quantinuum.
  • The company said Hazra will help Quantinuum its mission to accelerate quantum computing as it enters a period of rapid scaling.
  • Current CEO and founder Ilyas Khan remains in the leadership team and will focus on product development and innovation as Chief Product Officer. He also remains a member of Quantinuum’s board of directors and will take up the position of Vice Chairman.

PRESS RELEASE — Quantinuum today announced that Rajeeb (Raj) Hazra has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Quantinuum, effective immediately. In stepping down, current Quantinuum CEO Ilyas Khan will remain a leader in the company. He remains a member of the board of directors and will now become Vice Chairman. In addition, he will remain a full-time senior executive of the company and drive product development and innovation as Quantinuum’s first Chief Product Officer – a role that Khan is deeply passionate about.

Hazra has more than three decades of experience in supercomputing, quantum, and technical roles across the globe. He will work closely with Khan and the executive team to accelerate quantum computing and advance the commercialization of the company. He takes over the leadership of an organization that currently has more than 480 people, driving breakthroughs in drug discovery, healthcare, materials science, cybersecurity, energy transformation and climate change.

“Raj is uniquely qualified for this role, having proven his technical abilities in advanced technologies and supercomputing in both small and large organizations,” said Khan. “His vision and leadership skills are exactly what we need to continue to accelerate our impact in the quantum computing sector, as well as society as a whole. He has an entrepreneurial spirit, a strategic mindset, a passion for software and hardware technologies, as well as leadership experience in developing new commercial opportunities for quantum computing. He will continue to ensure that Quantinuum is ‘science-led, enterprise driven.’ I look forward to partnering with Raj as we create knowledge and real solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.”

“With Raj at the helm, Quantinuum is well positioned to continue to expand its influence on the emerging quantum business sector, and make an impact on real challenges,” noted Darius Adamczyk, Quantinuum’s Chairman of the Board. “The time is perfect to bring Raj into the company, as we build momentum to drive the next chapter of quantum industries. He will help the company drive high-speed innovation and entrepreneurship in the quantum industry. I’m also grateful to Ilyas for his continued leadership in his new position, and thankful that he will still bring his energy to making Quantinuum successful.”

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“I’m honored to step into the CEO role, where I’m excited to focus on helping Quantinuum grow and drive the innovations that will transform the way quantum computing positively impacts the world,” Hazra said. “By building on the solid foundation that Ilyas and the team have laid, we will continue to accelerate Quantinuum into the future.”

“We are excited to take this next step forward in what is an important moment in the quantum computing industry,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Uttley. “We will continue to work with our customers and partners to eventually solve some of the world’s most intractable problems that conventional computing doesn’t allow, while at the same time continuing to meet our existing commitments.”

Hazra was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager, Compute and Networking Business Unit, and previously Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Communications, at Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU) where he was based in San Jose, California. There, he created the Corporate Strategy Office, working closely with the CEO staff to define and implement a five-year strategic plan for the company. As General Manager of the company’s largest and most profitable business unit, he was responsible for a more than $12 billion annual P&L and a worldwide team across the US, Europe, and Asia in business operations, market development, and customer support functions.

He previously spent 25 years at Intel Corporation, leading the Enterprise and Government Group, Technical Computing Group, Supercomputer Architecture and Planning, and Systems Technology Research. There he transformed the organization to focus on a world of hybrid, multi-cloud infrastructure, resulting in new products and partnerships. He also transformed the business to achieve growth after several years of decline with first-ever strategies to harness the move to hybrid multi-cloud and enterprise use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. He also has deep technical experience leading teams of several hundred researchers spread over multiple geographies.

Raj has a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, U.S., and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India.

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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