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 communication, global inclusion and diversity, and real estate for employees worldwide. Sterling also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.
Throughout her 20-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 HR Generalists and oversaw HR operations, international HR, employee relations, HR systems, talent analytics, and the global inclusion and diversity function. Some of her early roles included serving as the HR lead for Qualcomm’s ASICs business, which later became the QCT semiconductor business, and Qualcomm’s former consumer products division, helping to build and scale the business until its eventual sale. Sterling joined Qualcomm in 1994 as one of the company’s first HR generalists.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Sterling served in various HR roles at ABB Traction and Manpower, both in the New York area.
Sterling is currently the chair of the Board of Directors of Serving Seniors. Her previous board service includes 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.