Rigetti Computing Names Retired General Peter Pace Chairman of the Board

February 3, 2022

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 3, 2022 — Rigetti Holdings, Inc. (“Rigetti Computing”), a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing, today announced that it has elected retired Marine General Peter Pace as Chairman of the Board. General Pace, who has served on Rigetti’s Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”) since June 2017, brings vast leadership expertise gained through his decades-long military career and previous experience serving on the board of directors of several private and public companies.

Peter Pace

“General Pace has made tremendous contributions to Rigetti during his time on our Board of Directors. His extensive leadership track record within the national security arena, paired with his time advising organizations across management consulting, private equity and cybersecurity will be invaluable as we continue pioneering the commercialization of quantum computing and work to unlock the potential of this technology for the private and public sector,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and CEO of Rigetti Computing.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Rigetti Computing Board of Directors, and I’m honored to be appointed Chairman. Quantum computing’s broad impact, from national security to finance and beyond, is moving from theory to real-world applications, and Rigetti is at the helm of moving the industry forward. I am delighted to help lead as Rigetti begins the next chapter,” said General Pace.

General Pace served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005 to 2007, the first Marine to hold this position. As Chairman, he was the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

Rigetti announced in October 2021 that it had entered into an agreement and plan to merge with Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II, Ltd. (NYSE: SNII) (“Supernova”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. The proposed business combination is subject to the approval of Supernova stockholders and other closing conditions. Following completion of the proposed business combination, the combined company will be named Rigetti Computing, Inc. and its common stock is expected to be listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker “RGTI.”   It is expected that General Pace will be appointed the chairman of the board of directors of Rigetti Computing, Inc.

About Rigetti Computing

Rigetti Computing is a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing. The company has operated quantum computers over the cloud since 2017 and serves global enterprise, government, and research clients through its Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services platform. The company’s proprietary quantum-classical infrastructure provides ultra-low latency integration with public and private clouds for high-performance practical quantum computing. Rigetti has developed the industry’s first multi-chip quantum processor for scalable quantum computing systems. The company designs and manufactures its chips in-house at Fab-1, the industry’s first dedicated and integrated quantum device manufacturing facility. Rigetti was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti and today employs more than 140 people with offices in the United States, U.K., and Australia. Learn more at www.rigetti.com.

About Supernova

Supernova is led by Michael Clifton, who was most recently a technology investor at The Carlyle Group; Robert Reid, a long-time senior partner at Blackstone; Spencer Rascoff, a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Hotwire, Zillow, dot.LA and Pacaso and who led Zillow as CEO for nearly a decade; and Alexander Klabin, founder and CEO of Ancient and former managing partner, co-CIO and co-founder of Senator Investment Group.


Source: Rigetti Computing

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