Who We Are

QxBranch is a data analytics and quantum computing software company founded in 2014, based in Washington DC with offices in London, UK, and Adelaide, Australia. We specialize in data analytics services and the development of quantum computing technology.

QxBranch serves commercial enterprise customers in the finance, insurance, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and media sectors with customized software to support analysis of pricing, risk, and customer behavior. We do this using the best available techniques and tools in data science and machine learning combined with high quality software engineering practices.

The emerging role of quantum computing holds tremendous promise for further improving our data analytics technology. Near-term quantum computing devices have the potential to dramatically increase the performance of optimization and machine learning methods core to our analytics business and we work with our customers to identify, develop and benchmark applications enabled by quantum computing. 

Guiding Principles

Every company has valuable and insightful data with the potential of creating business insights

Impact for Our Customers

QxBranch transforms the quality and trustworthiness of your data and augments it with external datasets to unlock value and realize business benefits

Data science is an art requiring human intuition, creativity, and critical thinking

Impact for Our Customers

We collaborate with our customers by blending your business knowledge with our capabilities to train and improve algorithm outcomes

Solutions must be explainable. Go beyond black box predictions

Impact for Our Customers

We provide explanations at the prediction-level so our customers can feel confident in their business decisions

Leadership

Michael Brett

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Brett is a co-founder and the CEO of QxBranch. Michael has extensive experience developing and accelerating adoption of early stage technologies during his career with QxBranch’s parent-company, Shoal Engineering, where he previously served as COO. He has led teams to deliver innovative new products and services including sports devices, novel satellite communications solutions and risk analysis tools. Michael received his Executive Master of Business in Complex Projects and a Bachelor of Engineering from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Paul Guthrie

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Paul Guthrie is a co-founder and advisor to QxBranch, providing management and strategy support to QxBranch and its customers. Paul transitioned from his executive role at QxBranch to lead Envelop Risk, the cyber (re)insurance firm QxBranch incubated with insurance partners. Paul has 15 years of experience in business development, strategy consulting, complex market analysis, and technology investment management.  His previous role was as Senior Economist / Director of Business Development for The Tauri Group’s Space and Technology team (now Bryce Space and Technology). Paul holds masters degrees in Applied Economics (Johns Hopkins University) and Interntational Science and Technology Policy (Elliott School at GWU); and a BA in Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross. He is a former member of the USRowing Senior National Team (2003-2004), and coach for the Samoan National Rowing Team (2016).

Duncan Fletcher

Chief Technology Officer

Duncan leads QxBranch’s team of software engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, and physicists on data analytics, software development, and quantum computing projects. His expertise is in high-performance computing application development, probabilistic risk analysis, simulations, associated software. A well-published author in aerospace modelling, simulation, and quantum computing applications, Duncan is currently also the Group Leader for Adaptive Information Architectures in the Weapons & Combat Systems Division of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group.

Rob Smith

VP of Analytics Sales and Marketing

Rob has twenty years of experience in leading solution sales and marketing teams and in leadership roles in management consulting firms. He has worked with several Fortune 1,000 companies in a variety of areas including SaaS based solutions, analytics, agile development and adoption, business process improvement, program management and enterprise change management solutions. He holds an MA from the George Washington University and a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Dr. John Kelly

TECHNICAL ADVISOR

John is a strategic and technical advisor to QxBranch’s advanced data analytics services and technologies program. He is principally the Chief Analytics Officer for Envelop Risk, a cyber insurance venture developed by QxBranch where John was the primary architect for the technology underpinning the Envelop Risk Model. Prior to joining QxBranch, John was the Technical Lead for Corporate Data Analytics at Lockheed Martin, where he guided overall data analytics strategy and the delivery of data-driven solutions in a diverse set of problem domains. This work influenced program management policies at the corporate level and the pursuit of a new line of business. Throughout his career, accomplishments in machine learning and signal processing have resulted in invited presentations, fellowships, and over a dozen peer reviewed publications. John holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and both an MS and BS from North Carolina State University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Mark Hodson

Director of Software Engineering

Mark leads development of robust, mission critical software systems and software libraries to support operational environments, highly regulated activities, and complex data analytics. Over his 15+ year career, his approaches to challenging concepts in physics and mathematics have led to substantial contributions in modeling and simulation, systems engineering, and medical image processing; regularly contributing conference presentations and peer-refereed publications. He is a leading authority on technical management of complex projects for the Australian Defense Science and Technology Group’s Weapons and Combat Systems Division. Mark graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1998 with first class honors in Computer Systems Engineering.

Bethany Rue

Data Science Program Manager

Bethany is the Data Science Program Manager at QxBranch. She has over twelve years of experience in the field of data science and analytics, including machine learning, statistical modeling, and data visualizations and brings a unique combination of both technical expertise and business acumen to analytics and data science projects. She holds an MSc in Statistics from The London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Mathematics and Theology from Georgetown University.

Prior to joining QxBranch, Bethany was an analytics manager at PwC. While at PwC, she led analytics-driven consulting projects, specializing in: machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques; data wrangling to create analysis-ready datasets from multiple and disparate sources; and development of impactful visualizations. Bethany has worked across numerous industries, including: pharmaceutical & life sciences (both R&D and commercial), analytics-driven litigation, and federal.

Marco Paini

Quantum Computing program manager

Marco leads QxBranch’s client programs in the UK and QxBranch’s quantum computing applications portfolio development.  

Prior to joining QxBranch, Marco spent more than eighteen years with Accenture, where he held several roles in technology, working as a software engineer and a technology product manager, leading the delivery of technology programs, managing technology account and driving innovation with a focus on artificial intelligence.  In the last part of his career with Accenture, Marco oversaw the development of the quantum computing offering for the Accenture UKI Financial Services Technology Advisory practice.

Marco studied physics at the University of Pavia, where he collaborated with the Quantum Information Theory Group of Pavia, contributing to important results in quantum tomography.

Board of Directors

Dr. Ray O. Johnson

Chair

Ray joined QxBranch’s board in April 2015, having recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. A visionary leader in technology and engineering, having led developments in stealth technology, autonomy and robotics, and directed energy, he has a proven track record of developing and executing growth strategies and achieving operational excellence in diverse business environments. At Lockheed Martin, Ray oversaw the work of 67,000 individuals, and he led the Advanced Concepts Organization and the Center for Innovation, a laboratory for collaborative experimentation and analysis. He holds advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Michael Brett

CEO, Director

Michael Brett is a co-founder and the CEO of QxBranch. Michael has extensive experience developing and accelerating adoption of early stage technologies during his career with QxBranch’s parent-company, Shoal Engineering, where he previously served as COO. He has led teams to deliver innovative new products and services including sports devices, novel satellite communications solutions and risk analysis tools. Michael received his Executive Master of Business in Complex Projects and a Bachelor of Engineering from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Antoine Blondeau

Director

Antoine Blondeau is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Alpha Intelligence Capital. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Sentient Technologies, one of the world’s most prominent AI technology companies. A seasoned entrepreneur and investor, Antoine has 25 years of experience in the technology industry, having held senior leadership positions at Salesforce, Good Technology, and Sybase.

Jinesh Patel

Director

Jinesh is the Founding Partner of Dymon Asia Ventures, a subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar alternative investment manager based out of Singapore. He specializes in investing and mentoring early stage companies in the Asia-Pacific region, where he has two decades of capital markets experience. Jinesh’s career began within the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs and UBS with a particular focus on the TMT sector. He then launched and managed an event-driven alternatives fund for a several years, followed by a specialist role in private equity. Jinesh currently sits on the board of a number of public and private companies.

Shaun Wilson​

Director

Shaun is a co-founder of QxBranch and CEO of Shoal Engineering, an Australian systems engineering firm specializing in defense, science, space, and commercial ICT. He is a practicing systems engineer with expertise in aerospace modelling and simulation, and conceptual design. His experience spans from aerospace and defense to mining and high performance sports. Shaun sits on a range of company boards, holds multiple degrees, and is published in several technical fields.