Denise Ruffner

Vice President Of Business Development, lonq

Denise  Ruffner

Speaker Bio


Denise Ruffner is VP of Business Development for IonQ, the leading quantum computer company.  In this role she is responsible for all customer development and corporate sales strategy worldwide.  Denise is also President of the Women In Quantum organization, a worldwide community to support and encourage women at all levels and in all roles in this industry.  Prior to IonQ, Denise was Chief Business Officer of Cambridge Quantum Computing and responsible for all of their business development.

Recognized for innovation, sales leadership and strategic planning throughout her 18 year career at IBM, Denise held a variety of roles including responsibility for quotes up to $750M annually.  As part of the IBM Systems Quantum Computing team, Denise developed and headed the IBM Q startup program, and lead the world wide IBM Quantum Ambassador team.  Prior to IBM Quantum, Denise was the worldwide sales leader for IBM Power Systems in Genomics and Life Sciences.