This January, we welcome both the New Year and our newest member to the team.

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Aravind Ratnam, Chief Strategy Officer

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Aravind is our first external hire into the C-Suite since our company was founded, and we really couldn't ask for a better fit.

Aravind brings a wealth of experience across software-enabled hardware, space tech, product and tech strategy, and corporate strategy in Silicon Valley. His educational background includes management, space sciences, and even digital signal processing and control systems.

We are on an exceptional growth trajectory to become a dominant player in the emerging quantum technology industry.

Aravind will work across the team to help us refine and implement a strategy that delivers commercial and technical successes to achieve 10X growth over the next three years.

We are very excited to bring in an experienced executive to guide our strategy as we work to ensure that we have maximum impact everywhere that quantum goes. And we are flattered that such an accomplished leader has decided to call Q-CTRL home.

Welcome to the team, Aravind! We are thrilled to have you on board.

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An execution focused high energy strategy and product leader, Aravind is an engineer/ physicist who has been at the forefront of technology, spending time across high tech, management consulting, and prominent silicon valley startups. Aravind built instrumentation for two space programs (ISRO—on India’s first astronomy satellite and NASA—a high energy particle detector that flew on Shuttle Endeavor) and worked on control algorithms for the world’s most powerful extreme ultraviolet lasers in 2008 that is now pushing Moore’s law into sub 5nm.

As a management consultant at Monitor Deloitte and IBB, he formulated go to market strategies, launched products, recommended technology architectures, conducted M&A due diligence, managed post merger integrations and executed operational turnarounds for Fortune 500 companies. Post consulting, Aravind joined Intel where he had the opportunity to study the role of embedded software in hardware evolution. He led the corporate strategy function at Wind River where he led the annual strategic planning process and advised business unit heads in Aerospace and Defense, Industrial, Networking and Automotive.

Transitioning into product management, he led Wind River automotive products that provided certified safe and secure RTOS, infotainment, middleware and over the air update software for large automotive customers such as Ford, Honda and Audi. In 2018, Aravind joined the executive team of AEye as VP of Product at AEye where at various times he led product management, competitive intelligence, software/AI perception- AEye went public as NASDAQ: LIDR. Post AEye, Aravind joined Sense Photonics heading products - Sense was acquired by Ouster (NASDAQ: OUST).

Aravind has an extensive high tech professional network and has also been an advisor to several high tech startup CEOs/ boards spanning virtual reality, connected health, safety data platforms, autonomous driving and flying/ eVTOL cars.

Aravind holds Master’s degrees in Space Science from Florida Tech and in System Design and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been up in zero gravity on a KC 135 aircraft, is an avid amateur astronomer and classical musician and enjoys playing golf occasionally.