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IonQ Appoints Kathy Chou to Board of Directors

Veteran tech executive joins IonQ's seasoned board of directors, bringing decades' worth of engineering ops and enterprise experience
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IonQ (NYSE: IONQ), an industry leader in quantum computing, today announced the appointment of Kathy Chou, SVP of SaaS Engineering at Nutanix, to the IonQ Board of Directors. As a member of the Board of Directors, Chou will help support IonQ’s work to build the world’s best quantum computers to solve the world’s most complex problems.

“It is an incredible privilege to have Kathy join our Board of Directors. She brings with her an enormous wealth of knowledge from her impressive career and tenure at some of the world’s largest tech companies, and her expert point of view will help guide IonQ’s mission for years to come,” said Peter Chapman, CEO and President, IonQ.

“The opportunity for quantum computing to change the world is limitless, and I believe IonQ is well equipped to lead the charge in this complex and exciting space. Quantum computing may be the key to solving some of society’s greatest issues in the healthcare, transportation, finance, or climate change, and I believe IonQ is at the forefront of this charge. I look forward to joining the Board to help navigate this burgeoning field and am honored to be a part of this team,” said Kathy Chou.

At Nutanix, Chou oversees a team responsible for the development, security and deployment of SaaS applications, systems and data assets across the entire Nutanix customer lifecycle. Chou joined Nutanix in January 2022 and previously served as the SVP of Worldwide Sales Strategy and Operations at VMware. Her tenure at VMWare spanned five years, touching multiple aspects of the customer success and engineering pipeline, including R&D, customer intelligence, and transforming VMware’s global customer operations function. She has also held multiple senior leadership positions at global enterprise tech companies like HP, Intuit, and Informatica.

Additionally, Chou is on or has held numerous non-profit and academic board positions, including serving as the Chair of the Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations for Stanford, Presidential Search Committee, Vice Chair for the Institute for Research in Social Sciences, Chair for the Development Committee at the Asian Pacific Fund, Vice Chair for Santa Clara University’s Board of Regents and member of SCU’s Engineering Advisory Board and Board Member of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. She holds an MBA in business from Harvard Business School, as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, respectively, from Stanford University.

Chou’s appointment to the Board follows IonQ’s recent announcement of results from its joint research work with GE Research to develop new solutions that better manage risk exposure. Additionally, the company recently announced its newest quantum computing system, IonQ Forte, which features novel, cutting-edge optics technology that enables increased accuracy and further enhances IonQ’s industry-leading system performance.

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