Steve Mollenkopf appointed CEO and president, Qualcomm

Qualcomm board of directors has unanimously approved Steve Mollenkopf as chief executive officer, effective March 4, 2014.

In this role, Mollenkopf will assume overall responsibility for Qualcomm, including all lines of business and all functional groups in the company. On March 4, 2014, Dr Paul E Jacobs will assume the role of executive chairman, helping guide development of new technology and Qualcomm’s long-term opportunities.

“With today’s announcement, we enable a smooth transition to a proven executive in Steve Mollenkopf, while providing for ongoing executive guidance and board-level leadership from Paul Jacobs. Qualcomm’s board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Steve Mollenkopf to the board of directors and his transition to CEO. We have the highest degree of confidence that his leadership will further expand Qualcomm’s impressive record of innovation and continued stockholder value creation,” said Sherry Lansing, presiding director, Qualcomm’s board of directors and chair of its Governance Committee.

In his nearly 20 years at Qualcomm, Steve Mollenkopf has held a variety of leadership positions including leading the chipset business (QCT), successfully driving innovation and record growth. Under his leadership, Qualcomm became the world’s largest mobile chipset supplier and the global leader in LTE technology. Under Mollenkopf, QCT also completed the $3.1 billion acquisition of Atheros, the company’s largest acquisition to date, to accelerate the expansion of Qualcomm’s technologies and platforms beyond cellular.

Most recently he served as Qualcomm’s president and chief operating officer and as a member of the executive committee, helping to drive Qualcomm’s overall global strategy. Mollenkopf has played a critical role in the development of a number of new technologies, and has strengthened the company’s relationships with key industry partners.

Mollenkopf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. His technology background and business experience make him ideally suited to lead the next phase of the organization’s growth and success.

“Qualcomm’s focus on execution in product and technology development has helped to establish us as a leader in wireless with our partners. I look forward to working with our executive team and our employees in driving growth for our Company and the entire mobile ecosystem as it transitions to 4G and beyond,” said Steve Mollenkopf.

In his role as executive chairman, Dr Jacobs will remain an employee of the company and will help guide its future strategies and direction.

“I am very proud of what we have accomplished during my time as CEO and look forward to being part of the company’s continued success. At its heart, Qualcomm is a company of inventors and entrepreneurs and I’m excited by the opportunities that lay ahead as we continue to push the boundaries of technology in mobile and beyond,” said Jacobs.

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