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Arqit hires senior cyber security executive

LONDON, UK Dec. 15, 2022 - Arqit Quantum Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQQ, ARQQW) (“Arqit”), a leader in quantum-safe encryption, today announced that Tracey Pretorius has joined the company as SVP Cyber Security Strategy.

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Tracey was a partner at Google driving product engineering efforts across their Consumer Trust organisation. Prior to that, she had an 18 year career at Microsoft Corporation where she held various senior positions and led global efforts to help customers benefit from a partner network that delivers world-class cloud and AI solutions. Tracey has extensive experience in cloud and cybersecurity strategy, incident response and corporate communications.

Commenting, David Williams, Arqit Founder, Chairman and CEO said, “I am delighted that someone of Tracey’s experience and reputation has joined our leadership team. Her deep knowledge of the cloud cyber security landscape will be invaluable as we build out our partnership strategies. We announced that three hyperscale vendors have launched Arqit product integrations to their global customer bases in the last week, and Tracey will be helping us to manage these and other major initiatives globally.”

Tracey Pretorius, SVP Cybersecurity Strategy at Arqit said“The world is at an inflexion point where technology companies and their users now know that they all must upgrade their encryption. Arqit has proven that it has a product which is uniquely capable of solving the problems and has already begun to take this to scale with a very impressive roster of new platform-as-a-service customers for QuantumCloud™. I have held senior leadership roles at two trillion dollar software companies in my career, and I am very excited about the future of Arqit.”

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