Quantinuum Leaders

Ilyas Khan
CEO and Executive Director

Ilyas founded CQ in 2014. He is the Leader in Residence at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School where he was instrumental in establishing the highly regarded Accelerate Cambridge programme of investment in early-stage Cambridge-based deep-science technology sector companies. Ilyas was the inaugural Chairman of The Stephen Hawking Foundation, holding the post until 2019. He is also the founding Chairman (non-executive) of the Topos Institute. He is also a fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.

Tony Uttley
President & Chief Operations Officer

Tony founded Honeywell Quantum Solutions and served as President. Previously, he was VP, GM for Honeywell Residential Home Comfort Business. Prior to Honeywell, Tony was a Principal at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). For 10 years prior to BCG, he held management and engineering positions with NASA at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. Tony earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and B.S. mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Denise Holmquist
Chief Financial Officer

Denise was the CFO, Honeywell Quantum Solutions. With thirty years of finance experience at Honeywell, Denise has expertise in planning, forecasting & analysis, operations finance, general accounting, government compliance, and M&A. Denise holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Nebraska and is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

Kaniah Konkoly-Thege
Chief Legal Counsel

Kaniah served as General Counsel, Honeywell Quantum Solutions. Prior to Honeywel, she was General Counsel, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC, and Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Energy. She was Lead Counsel before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Kaniah holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and B.A., International Relations and Spanish from the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Miller
Chief Information Officer

Jeff Miller served as CIO for Honeywell Quantum Solutions and led a cross-functional team responsible for Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security. For Honeywell, Jeff has held numerous management and executive roles in Information Technology, Security, Integrated Supply Chain and Program Management. Jeff was the Chief Security. Jeff holds a B.S., Computer Science, University of Arizona. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Commander.

Susan Schwamberger
Chief Human Resources Officer, VP Operations

Susan leads global Human Resources and Communications. As VP Operations, she leads Business Administration, Integrated Supply Chain, and Health, Safety, & Environment Organizations. Previously, she was Chief Operations Officer for Honeywell Quantum Solutions, and Global HR Leader in Automated Control Solutions. She has also held HR and Integrated Supply Chain roles for Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC. Susan holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Minnesota State University.

Waseem Shiraz
Vice President, Special Projects

Waseem has been with CQ since its inception in 2014 where he has been responsible for developing global operations, growth, and financing. Prior to CQ, Waseem was the Managing Partner of Stanhill Capital Partners, where he invested in companies across a variety of industrial and deep science technology sectors. Waseem holds a BSc degree from University College London. After graduation, Waseem joined Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking division and focused on capital markets, M&A and restructuring transactions.

Shuya Kekke
CEO & Representative Director, Cambridge Quantum Japan

As managing director of Goldman Sachs, Tokyo & Hong Kong, Shuya led equity electronic trading and involved in portfolio, algorithmic, and electronic derivatives trading. He was part of Principal Strategic Investment group, an internal private equity team. In 2013, Shuya joined J.P. Morgan Securities and served as Managing Director & Head of Electronic Client Solutions and Portfolio Trading. In 2017, he joined Pelagos Inc., a consultancy focused on the financial sector. Shuya has a B.A., and M.A. from Stanford University.

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