DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 23JAN13 - Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm, USA talk during the interactive session 'The Digital Infrastructure Context' at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2013. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo Sebastian Derungs

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is a good example on how to be technically knowledgeable and be an excellent leader. Being born as a son of a founder of Qualcomm, some might presume that he earned his positions on the basis of family economics. This view however is not appropriate as he achieved a lot in his time at the University of California and registered a lot of great ideas as patents during his time in the development group of Qualcomm. In leadership positions he was awarded with a lot of recognition, the last was in 2014 being added to the highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor based on employee surveys.

Quick Biography

  • 1962: Born as son of Irwin M. Jacobs, co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm
  • 1984: B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 1986: M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering  (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 1989: Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 1990: Engineer in the wireless technology development group of Qualcomm
  • 2001: Group President of Qualcomm Wireless and Internet Group
  • 2005: CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated
  • 2009: Executive Chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated
  • 2014: Steps down as CEO of Qualcomm

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