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Dr.  Paul  JACOBS

Chairman and CEO, Qualcomm

"​I am honored to serve on the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to contribute in finding ways in which world leaders, businesses and individual consumers can take full advantage of technological advancements in the ICT sector, particularly given the tremendous expansion of mobile broadband communications, to help address the diverse and difficult challenges that our global community faces"

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is chief executive officer and chairman of Qualcomm’s board of directors. A leader in the field of mobile communications for nearly two decades 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 contributed significantly to the growth of both the Company and the industry. Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include: the first Palm OS®-based smartphone; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones; the BREW® system and BREW business ecosystem; and most recently, MediaFLO technology for mobile TV.

Following the completion of his Ph.D. and a year as a post-doctoral researcher at a French government lab in Toulouse, Dr. Jacobs joined the Company fulltime in 1990. In 1995, he became vice president and general manager of the combined handset and integrated circuit division, which was subsequently divided into Qualcomm Consumer Products (QCP) and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, respectively. In 1996, Dr. Jacobs was named senior vice president of the Company and in 1997, president of QCP. In 2000, Dr. Jacobs was named executive vice president of Qualcomm and in 2001, group president of Qualcomm Wireless & Internet, where he oversaw several Qualcomm business units. Dr. Jacobs became CEO in July 2005 and was appointed Chairman in 2009.

As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 35 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices. Dr. Jacobs serves on the boards of A123Systems and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's (1984) and master's (1986) degrees as well as his doctorate (1989) in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.