Distinguished Lecture

What it Takes to Lead in Technology

Steve MollenkopfPresident and Chief Operating OfficerQualcomm Incorporated

Steve Mollenkopf serves as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Qualcomm Incorporated, leading the company's divisions, business operations, market expansion and development areas. Qualcomm is one of the leading semiconductor companies in the world specializing in mobile and computing technologies, especially for cellular and connected consumer electronics.

Mr. Mollenkopf joined Qualcomm in 1994 and was a leading contributor to the Globalstar project, which provides satellite phone coverage when terrestrial coverage is unavailable. He joined the Qualcomm Mobile & Computing (QMC, formerly QCT) team in 1999, where he played a central role in developing QMC's roadmap and led the development and commercialization of the 3GPP family of air interface technologies. Today, QMC is the world's largest fabless semiconductor producer and the largest provider of wireless chipset and software technology, which powers the majority of all 3G devices commercially available today.

Under Steve's leadership, QMC completed the $3B acquisition of Atheros, the Company's largest acquisition to date, to accelerate the expansion of Qualcomm's technologies and platforms to new businesses beyond cellular and to provide access to new growth opportunities.

Since 2008, Mr. Mollenkopf has led QMC while also serving as Executive Vice President and Group President of Qualcomm, Inc. He was named President and COO in 2011, and also serves as a member of the Executive Committee, helping to drive Qualcomm's overall global strategy.

A published IEEE author, Mr. Mollenkopf holds patents in areas such as power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitter system and wireless communication transceiver technology. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association and also serves as Co-Chairman of the Global Semiconductor Alliance Board of Directors.

Steve Mollenkopf received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and his master's degree at Michigan, both in electrical engineering.

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