Dr. Paul E. Jacobs
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated
Dr. Paul Jacobs, who became CEO in July 2005 and was appointed Chairman in 2009, has 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 smartphone based on Palm OS®; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones; 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.
Dr. Jacobs joined the company fulltime in 1990 as a development engineer leading the mobile phone digital signal processor software team. Five years later, Dr. Jacobs became vice president and general manager of the combined handset and integrated circuit division.
Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as his doctorate, from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 45 patents and serves as: chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering; Global eHealth Foundation Ambassador; a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum; and, trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
Qualcomm has been a supporter of FIRST since 2005, providing substantial funding for Regional events and the annual FIRST Championship event.