Vern Brownell joined D-Wave as CEO in 2009, leading the company through its transition from research into the world’s first 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, a company he founded and at which he held 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. He holds an MBA degree from Anna Maria College and a BEng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.