Management team

  • Gregoire Ribordy
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Benoît Lamamy
    Senior Vice President, Finance
  • Kelly Richdale
    Senior Vice President, Quantum-Safe Security
  • Michael Desert
    Vice President, Single-Photon Systems
  • Antonio Matteo
    Vice President, Manufacturing

Board of Directors

  • Prof. Nicolas Gisin
    Chairman – University of Geneva
  • Gregoire Ribordy
    Vice-Chairman – CEO ID Quantique
  • JinHyo Park
    Board member – CTO SK Telecom
  • YangKi Kim
    Board member – SVP Strategic Investment SK Telecom America
  • Mike Cao
    Board member

Gregoire Ribordy – CEO & Vice Chairman of the Board

Dr. Gregoire Ribordy, co-founder and CEO, has 20 years of experience in various R&D and management roles in the field of optical measurements and communication systems. He founded ID Quantique in 2001 and has managed the company since then. Prior to this, he was a research fellow at the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva between 1997 and 2001. In this position, he actively developed quantum cryptography technology and is the holder of a number of patents in the field. Between 1995 and 1996, Dr. Ribordy worked for one year in the R&D division of Nikon Corp. in Tokyo.

Dr. Ribordy is the recipient of several awards such as the 2001 New Entrepreneurs in Technology and Science prize, the 2002 de Vigier award and the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy 1999 prize. At the end of 2005, he was selected as one of the most innovative individuals in information technology worldwide by the World Technology Network. In 2017 Dr. Ribordy, with the other co-founders of IDQ, were awarded the Medal of Innovation by the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

Benoît Lamamy – Senior VP Finance

Mr. Benoit Lamamy joined ID Quantique in May 2018 bringing 20 years of senior finance management experience. He joined ID Quantique from Stromasys, a global provider of virtualization solutions, where he served as Chief Financial Officer in a period of significant growth. Prior to that, he was with Meggitt PLC, a FTSE-100 global engineering group, and Eaton Corporation, an American-based global diversified power management company, for over 10 years holding a series of finance positions of increasing responsibility in the US, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Mr. Lamamy obtained a Master’s degree in Finance from Audencia Business School in France.

Kelly Richdale – Senior VP Quantum Safe Security

Ms. Richdale is an entrepreneurial executive with 25 years of operating, management and sales and marketing experience. She has been working in the security industry for 18 years, focusing on cryptography, network security, identity management and strong authentication solutions. Prior to ID Quantique Ms. Richdale held the role of Managing Director International Operations of Bioscrypt, the enterprise access division of L1 Identity Solutions (now Sagem-Safran). In 2001 she founded the company A4Vision, specialising in 3D face recognition, which was acquired by Bioscrypt in March 2007.

Ms. Richdale holds an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), a degree in modern languages (Russian & German) from Cambridge University and a CISSP certification from (ISC)2. She is advisory board of the EPFL’s EMBA course, and is a scientific board member and lecturer at the Infosec course at the University of Geneva. She is also a member of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the agency responsible for science-based innovation in Switzerland.

Michael Desert – VP Single-Photon Systems

Mr Michael Desert has been working in optics and electronics since 2006. After completing his masters degree in Optics and Electronics in 2006, he joined the Qioptiq group, a European leader in photonics innovation, as account manager focussing on electro optic modulators and Faraday isolators market development. Since 2011, Michael has been working with ID Quantique in account management of the instrumentation product portfolio where he now heads the Photon Counting division.

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