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Vern Brownell

Vern Brownell
Source: Exponential Finance

Vern Brownell is the CEO of D-Wave, the world's first and only commercial quantum computing company, and thought leader in enterprise and data technology.

As Founder and CEO of Egenera, a global leader in data center infrastructure, Vern pioneered the Processing Area Network (PAN) to virtualize and interconnect computing, storage and network resources.

Prior to founding Egenera, Vern was CTO 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.

Vern has also held 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.

About D-Wave Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1999, D-Wave's mission is to integrate new discoveries in physics and computer science into breakthrough approaches to computation. The company's flagship product, the 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer, is built around a novel type of superconducting processor that uses quantum mechanics to massively accelerate computation.

In 2013, D-Wave announced the installation of a D-Wave Two system at the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab created jointly by NASA, Google and USRA. This came soon after Lockheed Martinís purchase of an upgrade of their 128-qubit D-Wave One system to a 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, the D-Wave U.S. offices are located in Palo Alto, California and Vienna, Virginia. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including Bezos Expeditions, Business Development Bank of Canada, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Goldman Sachs, Growthworks, Harris & Harris Group, In-Q-Tel, International Investment and Underwriting, and Kensington Partners Limited.