Executives

Vikram Sharma, Founder and CEO

Vikram Sharma is founding director and CEO of QuintessenceLabs Inc. After realising the potential of quantum cryptography in the early 2000s in California, Dr. Sharma sought to commercialise the technology and returned to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group in the Department of Physics. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the world-leading research conducted by the group.

Vikram brings with him 20 years experience in building and managing technology companies. Prior to QuintessenceLabs, he founded three successful start-up ventures in the information technology services and hardware spaces. He is a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University, California, and also holds an MSc in computer science and a PhD in quantum physics from the ANU.

John Leiseboer, Chief Technology Officer

John Leiseboer is founding CTO at QuintessenceLabs Pty Ltd, and is responsible for the research, design and development of key management, comsec and infosec products. He is a member of the OASIS KMIP and PKCS11 Technical Committees, and has contributed to the development of NIST, IETF, and IEEE standards, including SP 800-90B and C, and IEEE 802.6. John has worked in the fields of communications, and information security for over thirty-five years, designing and architecting commercial and military communications and information security hardware, software and systems. He has experience in applying conventional, classical cryptography as well as leading-edge quantum key distribution technology to innovative security product designs. Prior to joining QuintessenceLabs, John held senior positions in a number of technology companies working in commercial and military sectors, including RSA/EMC, Boeing, HP, and Plessey Defence Systems. John obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1979, specialising in electronics, communications, and digital systems.

Mark Crowley, President of US Operations, Head of Global Sales and Marketing

Mark Crowley is President of QuintessenceLabs Inc., the US subsidiary of QuintessenceLabs Pty.  He manages US market development including establishing the US supply chain, supporting staff and business partnering for sales and marketing to increase Federal, Defense and Commercial market penetration.  He has global responsibility for business development and market strategy.  Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Mark was Executive in Residence at New Enterprise Associates providing advice to CEOs. Before that, he was CEO of solar technology start-up SolFocus for 5 years. Mark led SolFocus from R&D phase to initial commercialization with revenues of $50M during the last five years. He managed the interface with manufacturing partners in Asia and developed 47 projects in 13 countries, partnering with construction firms around the world. Mark has 25 years’ experience in the US Defense Industry; holding numerous Vice President roles in Engineering, Product Management and Air Force Programs with Lockheed Martin and General Electric. Mark managed large teams (up to 4000 employees) with technical responsibilities and functions including communications and remote sensing systems. Mark also had responsibilities for supply chain and manufacturing management of aerospace systems.  Mark holds Engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and Drexel University, and the Stanford GSB Sloan Program.

Jane Melia, Vice President of Strategic Business Development

Jane Melia is the Vice President of Strategic Business Development at QuintessenceLabs. She leads market and product strategy, and marketing communication.  Prior to joining QuintessenceLabs, Jane has held leadership roles in several Silicon Valley Start-ups, including SolFocus, where she headed the Technical and Product Marketing team for 5 years, building a high performing team and driving market and competitive strategy, product marketing and technical sales.  Jane’s 20 years’ experience in technology industries includes a number of roles at HP, most recently as Senior Business Consultant in the Strategic Planning and Modelling group, enabling corporate strategic decision-making regarding products, customer segmentation and supply chain. Jane holds a degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London, and Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics from Cambridge University.