Press Release

Qualcomm Appoints John Major as Corporate Executive Vice President andPresident of CDMA Wireless Infrastructure Division

May 15, 1997SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the appointment of John Major as corporate executive vice president and president of its Wireless Infrastructure Division, citing the growth and market opportunities worldwide for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) infrastructure products.

"With the market potential for our infrastructure products growing worldwide, John gives us additional depth of management expertise in the global marketplace. He is recognized for his experience, strategic thinking and dynamic leadership in our industry," said Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer for Qualcomm. "At a time when there are tremendous opportunities for wireless infrastructure business around the world, John is a valuable addition to our senior management team."

Mr. Major joins Qualcomm with more than 15 years of successful executive leadership experience at Motorola. He brings to the Company a broad range of strategic and line experience, as will as a solid background in the wireless industry. Most recently, Mr. Major served as senior vice president and staff chief technical officer at Motorola. In this role, he led the company's effort to develop world class excellence in software processes. Previously, he served as senior vice president and general manager for Motorola's Worldwide Systems Group of the Land Mobile Products Sector. That team developed computer based radio systems for public safety and industry users.

"Qualcomm's key role in the expanding worldwide market for CDMA infrastructure is without question and I am confident that we can continue to build on that momentum," Major said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to build on the significant accomplishments already achieved at Qualcomm and take it to the next level."

Mr. Major serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and is vice chair for the Electronics Industry Association (EIA). In addition, he serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Electromagnetic Energy Association.

John Major earned bachelors of science and masters of science degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester and the University of Illinois, respectively.

In addition, he holds a masters degree in business administration from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University. In May of 1995, Mr. Major received an honorary doctorate from Westminster 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, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at

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