Steve Mollenkopf

Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated

Steve Mollenkopf is chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, and serves on the company’s board of directors. Mollenkopf began his Qualcomm career as an engineer and, for more than 25 years, has helped define and implement the company’s strategy and technologies. 

Since becoming CEO in 2014, Mollenkopf cemented Qualcomm’s position as the world’s leader in wireless technologies, drove the development and launch of 5G globally and has overseen the continued expansion of the company outside of its core mobile market into new industry segments such as the Internet of Things (IoT), RF Front End and Automotive. Mollenkopf did this against a backdrop of extraordinary circumstances and challenges.

Previously, Mollenkopf served as Qualcomm’s president and chief operating officer, in that role, he oversaw Qualcomm’s investment in technologies that propelled smartphones into the mainstream, including connectivity, computing, graphics, and multimedia.

Prior to his role as president and COO, Mollenkopf led QCT– the company’s chipset business – overseeing the launch of 4G technology and the company’s rise as a smartphone technology supplier. He helped make Qualcomm the world’s largest mobile chipset supplier and a global leader in LTE technology. He also spearheaded the company’s largest acquisition, the $3.1 billion purchase of chipmaker Atheros. The deal helped expand Qualcomm’s business beyond smartphones and accelerated the adoption of Qualcomm’s technologies and platforms in new segments.

Mollenkopf is a published IEEE author and is an inventor on 38 patents in areas such as power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitters, and wireless communication transceiver technology. Mollenkopf is a member of The Business Council, Business Roundtable, and US-China Business Council. He is also a board member for Boeing and the Semiconductor Industry Association, and a past chairman of the Global Semiconductor Alliance and Technology CEO Council. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.



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