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Qualcomm Taps President & COO as Its Next CEO Featured

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Qualcomm Taps President & COO as Its Next CEO

Steve Mollenkopf, 44, President and COO of wireless chipmaker Qualcomm, has been named as the company’s next CEO, and appointed to its Board of Directors. He will continue to serve as the Company’s President. Mollenkopf will replace current CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, 50, who will remain Executive Chairman. Mollenkopf has been with Qualcomm since 1994, and most recently as President and COO and as a member of the executive committee, was helping to drive Qualcomm’s overall global strategy. 


He served as EVP and Group President from 2010 to 2011 and during this time, the company acquired the Wi-Fi-chip company Atheros (2011) under his supervision. Before that he was EVP and President of QCT from 2008 to 2010, as EVP, QCT Product Management for few months in 2008, as SVP, Engineering and Product Management from 2006 to 2008 and as VP, Engineering from 2002 to 2006. Mollenkopf held several other technical and leadership roles throughout his career at Qualcomm.

Dr. Jacobs has served as Chairman of the Board since 2009 and as CEO since 2005. He served as Group President of Company's QWI segment from 2001 to 2005. In addition, he served as EVP from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Jacobs was a director of A123 Systems from 2002 to 2012.


Date: December 16, 2013

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