Management team

  • Gregoire Ribordy
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Sean Kwak
    Executive Vice President, Innovation
  • Kelly Richdale
    Executive Vice President, Quantum-Safe Security
  • Marc Nikles
    Senior Vice President, Single-Photon Systems
  • Benoît Lamamy
    Senior Vice President, Finance
  • Christophe Gaillard
    Senior Vice President, Head of R&D

Board of Directors

  • Prof. Nicolas Gisin
    Chairman – University of Geneva
  • Gregoire Ribordy
    Vice-Chairman – CEO ID Quantique
  • JinHyo Park
    Board member – CTO SK Telecom
  • Tony Ha
    Board member – SVP of Global Alliance SK Telecom
  • 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 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. Dr. Ribordy, with the other co-founders of IDQ, were awarded the Medal of Innovation in 2017 and the Impact Award in 2019 by the University of Geneva.

Sean Kwak – Executive VP Innovation

Mr. Sean Kwak joined ID Quantique in September 2018, bringing over 23 years of experience in electronics engineering. Prior to this he worked for SK Telecom, the largest South Korean telecom. Since joining SK Telecom in 1997, he managed the commercialisation of SMS, packet core networks and Internet protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). While working on solutions for packet core security, he became acquainted with quantum cryptography and led the founding of SK Telecom’s Quantum Tech. Lab in 2011. He also led the investment from SK Telecom in ID Quantique.


Kelly Richdale – Executive VP Quantum-Safe Security

Ms. Kelly Richdale has 25 years of operating, management and sales & 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 joining ID Quantique in 2010, 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.

Marc Nikles – Senior VP Single-Photon Systems

Dr. Marc Nikles has been actively involved in the sensing industry for more than 25 years as a researcher, sales and marketing executive and successful entrepreneur. Prior to joining ID Quantique, he was Meggitt’s Energy division Global Marketing Manager. In 2000, he was the co-founder of Omnisens, a spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) which pioneered long distance fibre optic sensing. Omnisens has developed and successfully marketed fibre optic based solutions for the Oil & Gas and Energy industries. For more than 15 years Marc has led the development and growth of the company from start-up to a mature SME, as General Manager, CTO and CEO successively. From 1997 until 2000 he was Program Manager aerospace sensing applications at Vibro-Meter.

He obtained a PhD degree in technical sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) in 1997 for his research activities on scattering phenomena in optical fibres and the development of long distance distributed temperature and strain sensing systems.

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.

Christophe Gaillard – Senior VP, Head of R&D

Mr. Christophe Gaillard brings 20 years of operational, product development and delivery experience in the field of security systems, both hardware and software in an international environment. He was focused on Pay TV, embedded set-top boxes and cloud-based video streaming solutions. Prior to joining IDQ in early 2019, he worked for the Kudelski Group where he held various senior management positions ranging from Engineering, Project Management, Quality & Test Management and Customer Services. He has a broad experience in managing large organizations and leading cross-functional teams across multiple locations. From 2000 to 2005, he worked at NagraStar in Denver (CO, USA), a joint venture between Kudelski Group and Echostar, where he was in charge of Security Operations and anti-piracy measures on the satellite network.

Mr. Gaillard holds a Master’s degree in Micromechanics with a major in Optical engineering and Microsystems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL).

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