Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the appointment of Thomas J. Bernard as senior vice president of Marketing. Mr. Bernard previously retired from his position as vice president and general manager for Qualcomm's OmniTRACS Division in 1994. He rejoins the Company in a newly created position to oversee company wide marketing efforts, foster customer relationships and assist in managing Qualcomm's expanding activities worldwide. Effective immediately, Tom Bernard will report directly to the Office of the Chairman.
"Tom's foresight, market knowledge and strong leadership skills have proven to be invaluable during his tenure at Qualcomm," said Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "We're very pleased to have successfully coaxed Tom out of retirement to share his expertise and reinforce our worldwide marketing efforts. We welcome Tom as a highly regarded member of our executive team."
Tom Bernard is particularly well-versed in Qualcomm's technologies, having spent eight years with the Company. Mr. Bernard directed the OmniTRACS division from its inception until 1994. Today, Qualcomm is recognized as the premier provider of two-way mobile communications systems and services for the transportation industry, with more than 145,000 OmniTRACS unitsfielded. Tom Bernard is also knowledgeable of Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, which forms the backbone of Qualcomm's complete line of CDMA wireless infrastructure and subscriber products, as well as the OmniTRACS and Globalstar systems.
Tom Bernard joined Qualcomm Incorporated in September of 1986, as vice president of Commercial Programs and was promoted to vice president and general manager of OmniTRACS in 1988. From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Bernard was with M/A-COM LINKABIT where he served as vice president of Communication Networks, responsible for management of the development, implementation and production of multiple telecommunications product lines.
Earlier, Mr. Bernard spent 21 years with Rohr Industries, a California Aerospace subcontractor with sales in excess of $500 million, where he held various executive-level positions. Mr. Bernard studied Business Administration at Los Angeles City College and San Fernando State College.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other company products include the Eudora Pro™ electronic mail software, VLSI components, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.
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