Michelle Sterling

Executive Vice President, Human Resources (Chief Human Resources Officer), Qualcomm Incorporated

Michelle Sterling is executive vice president of human resources for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, Sterling has direct responsibility for all human resources functions at Qualcomm including: learning and development, organization planning, compensation, benefits, employee relations, corporate social responsibility, staffing, employee communications, global inclusion and diversity, security, real estate and facilities for over 33,000 employees worldwide. Sterling also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.

Throughout her 24-year tenure with Qualcomm, Sterling has provided HR leadership, strategy and support to nearly all areas of the Company, including manufacturing, corporate functions and business divisions, as well as new and emerging businesses. During this time, she has also worked on complex business transactions including acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures. Most recently, she was senior vice president of HR where she was the lead for all business partners and oversaw HR operations, international HR, employee relations, HR systems, talent analytics, and the global inclusion and diversity function.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Sterling served in various HR roles at ABB Traction and Manpower, both in the New York area.

Sterling is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Digital Turbine. Her previous board service includes serving as a Board member for Girl Scouts San Diego; chair of the Board of Directors, Serving Seniors, vice chair of the Board of Directors for Occupational Training Services (OTS); chair of the Advisory Council for OTS; and chair of the Corporate Board of Directors for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. She was also awarded the TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) award by the YWCA. Sterling holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands.


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