Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq "QCOM") and Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq "MSFT") today announced the appointment of John Major as presidentand chief executive officer of the newly formed WirelessKnowledge, aMicrosoft and Qualcomm company. In his new position, Major will lead thedevelopment and delivery of wireless services and applications, based on anopen, end-to-end architecture that will shape the new generation ofwireless connectivity and information access.
"John Major is a recognized leader in the wireless industry, respected forhis expertise, strategic thinking and dynamic leadership," said Dr. IrwinM. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer for Qualcomm. "Hiscontributions at Qualcomm have made a significant impact on our wirelessinfrastructure business around the world. In his new role, John will drawupon his extensive wireless experience and industry savvy to power hisvision for the company's success."
"John Major's demonstrated leadership and vision will help drive thesuccess of WirelessKnowledge as a technology leader in the wirelesscomputing industry," said Steve Ballmer, president of Microsoft. "John isuniquely qualified to drive the rapid delivery of WirelessKnowledgeservices to wireless carriers across the industry."
Most recently, Major served as executive vice president of Qualcomm andpresident of its wireless infrastructure business. Before joining Qualcomm,he demonstrated more than 15 years of successful executive leadership atMotorola Inc., where he most recently served as senior vice president andstaff chief technical officer. In that role, he led the company's effort todevelop world-class excellence in software processes. Previously, he servedas senior vice president and general manager for Motorola's worldwidesystems group of the land mobile products sector. That team developedcomputer-based radio systems for public safety and industry users.
"WirelessKnowledge will spearhead the convergence of wireless, Internet andcomputing technologies to allow mobile devices to reliably access theInternet and drive the development and delivery of meaningful new wirelessapplications and services to enterprise, small businesses and consumersalike," Major said. "WirelessKnowledge is uniquely positioned to have adramatic impact on remote productivity."
Major serves on the board of directors executive committee for theTelecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and is vice chairman for theElectronics Industry Association (EIA). In addition, he serves as vicechairman of the board of directors for the Electromagnetic Energy Association.
Major earned bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees inmechanical engineering from the University of Rochester and the Universityof Illinois, respectively. He also holds a master's degree in businessadministration from Northwestern University and a law degree from LoyolaUniversity. In May 1995 Mr. Major received an honorary doctorate fromWestminster College.
WirelessKnowledge, a Qualcomm and Microsoft company based in San Diego,enables wireless carriers to deliver on the convergence of wirelesscommunications and information technology with the delivery of productivityand information services in an airlink- and device-independent environment.For more information, please visit http://www.wirelessknowledge.com/.
Qualcomm Inc. is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digitalwireless communications products and services based on the company's CDMAdigital technology. The company's major business areas include CDMA digitalphones, Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), wirelessinfrastructure, technology licensing, and satellite-based systems includingOmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. With headquarters in SanDiego, Qualcomm's fiscal 1998 revenues exceeded $3 billion (U.S.). For moreinformation, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for personalcomputers. The company offers a wide range of products and services forbusiness and personal use, each designed with the mission of making iteasier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power ofpersonal computing every day.