Dr. Paul Jacobs in 2001, showing off a Qualcomm Brew-enabled Sharp Z-800 mobile phone.
Citing his “enormous impact” on the field of mobile communications, the Churchill Club gave Qualcomm Incorporated Executive Chairman Dr. Paul Jacobs its Legendary Leader award this week at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.
The award is presented annually to a leader who inspires and promotes others’ innovation and success. Previous winners include Elon Musk and Vinod Khosla.
The role of a technology leader “is to articulate a vision of what is possible…to have a compass instead of a map,” Jacobs said in an on-stage interview with Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm and other well-known business books.
At Qualcomm, “we want to make the next new thing, all of the time,” Jacobs said. “We have a real nice culture for those who want to innovate.”
The Mountain View, California-based Churchill Club is a Silicon Valley institution with a goal of “igniting conversations to encourage innovation and economic growth.” Its leadership awards are judged by the Churchill Club Academy, which is comprised of approximately 700 individuals ranging from senior execs and business professionals, to entrepreneurs, investors, students, professors, and journalists.
Prior to assuming his current role as Executive Chairman, Jacobs served as CEO at Qualcomm. A key architect of the company’s strategic vision, he has been a leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years.