Paul E. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Qualcomm Incorporated
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Paul E. Jacobs, Ph.D., is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. A leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and a key architect of Qualcomm's strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs' responsibilities include leadership and oversight of all the company's initiatives and operations.
Through his technology innovations and advocacy, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded Qualcomm's efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technology breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to the growth of both the company and the industry.
Important developments that began under Dr. Jacobs include the first smartphone based on Palm OS; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones, which led to the acquisition of SnapTrack and Qualcomm's development of gpsOne position-location technology; the Brew system, which enables over-the-air downloading of applications; QChat, a Voice over IP push-to-talk system; and mirasol, an advanced reflective display technology.
As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 45 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices.
Dr. Jacobs is chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and the Engineering Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also vice chairman and co-owner of the NBA's Sacramento Kings; a Global eHealth Foundation Ambassador; a member of the US-India CEO Forum; and a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.