COLLEGE PARK, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IonQ, Inc. (“IonQ”), the leader in quantum computing, today announced a number of strategic appointments as it positions itself for continued leadership in the quantum industry. Tom Jones joins IonQ as its first Chief People Officer to play a critical role in scaling the company, bringing decades of human resources and talent development experience from Blue Origin, Microsoft, Honeywell, and most recently, RoundGlass.
“Tom has a rich history of developing people, processes, and culture at companies that have science and technology in their DNA,” said IonQ President & CEO Peter Chapman. “We are very excited by Tom’s experience aligning human resources strategy to business results in rapid growth environments, making him perfectly suited to help take IonQ to the next level. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the team.”
At IonQ, Tom will further develop the company’s strategic human resources function, helping the company reinforce its position at the vanguard of the industry and creating value across business lines.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to continue advancing IonQ as the destination for top quantum talent and for those who want to help change the world,” said IonQ Chief People Officer Tom Jones. “Not only is the team deeply committed to building world-class quantum systems, but everyone here is equally focused on ensuring access to this next-generation technology for all — and this speaks volumes about the culture and direction of the company. I’m honored to help build on this groundwork and amplify IonQ’s growth.”
Adding to its bench of strong business-side talent, IonQ has also landed Jordan Shapiro as Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis from New Enterprise Associates, Mark Solomon as Director of Quantum Sales from IBM, and Kevin Caimi as Controller from Caliburn International.
These new hires follow on the heels of a momentous year for the company that saw unparalleled technological and business growth. IonQ’s 11-qubit system became the first and only quantum computer available via all major cloud providers Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, and its 32-qubit system launched as one of the world’s most powerful quantum computers. The company’s two co-founders, Jungsang Kim and Chris Monroe, were named to the White House’s National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), where they will play an important role in pulling the future of quantum forward. IonQ expects to further expand access to quantum as it prepares to become the first publicly traded quantum computing company via a merger with dMY Technology Group III (NYSE: DMYI).
IonQ, Inc. is the leader in trapped-ion quantum computing, with a proven track record of innovation and deployment. IonQ’s 32-qubit quantum computer is the world’s most powerful trapped-ion quantum computer, and IonQ has defined what it believes is the best path forward to scale. IonQ is the only company with its quantum systems available through the cloud on Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as through direct API access. IonQ was founded in 2015 by Christopher Monroe and Jungsang Kim based on 25 years of pioneering research. To learn more, visit www.IonQ.com.
About dMY Technology Group, Inc. III
dMY III is a special purpose acquisition company formed by dMY III Technology Group (NYSE: DMYI), Harry L. You and Niccolo de Masi for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or assets.
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This communication may be deemed solicitation material in respect of the proposed business combination between dMY III and IonQ (the “Business Combination”). The Business Combination will be submitted to the stockholders of dMY III and IonQ for their approval. In connection with the vote of dMY’s stockholders, dMY III Technology Group, Inc. III has filed relevant materials with the SEC, including a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a proxy statement/prospectus. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed Business Combination and the other matters to be voted upon at the annual meeting and is not intended to provide the basis for any investment decision or any other decision in respect of such matters. dMY III’s stockholders and other interested parties are urged to read the preliminary proxy statement, the amendments thereto, the definitive proxy statement (when available) and any other relevant documents that are filed or furnished or will be filed or will be furnished with the SEC carefully and in their entirety in connection with dMY III’s solicitation of proxies for the special meeting to be held to approve the Business Combination and other related matters, as these materials will contain important information about IonQ and dMY III and the proposed Business Combination. Promptly after the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, dMY will mail the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the transaction. Such stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of these materials, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov, at the Company’s website at https://www.dmytechnology.com/ or by written request to dMY Technology Group, Inc. III, 11100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 2000, Los Angeles, CA 90025.
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This communication is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer or invitation for the sale or purchase of securities, assets or the business described herein or a commitment to the Company or the IonQ with respect to any of the foregoing, and this Current Report shall not form the basis of any contract, nor is it a solicitation of any vote, consent, or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the Business Combination or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law.
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