SAN DIEGO -- Aug. 16, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the appointment of Anil T. Kripalani to the position of senior vice president of standards planning and international administration.
In his new role, Kripalani will lead Qualcomm's efforts to support implementation of the global third generation (3G) CDMA standard. Kripalani will now oversee strategy and administration for the Company's key international offices in Japan, Korea and China. In addition, he will work closely with Qualcomm's senior management on corporate initiatives for accessibility planning.
"Anil's extensive industry experience will strengthen development efforts for Qualcomm's products and services for the new era of wireless users," said Richard Sulpizio, president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm. "His understanding of the global issues affecting next generation wireless technology development and deployment will greatly enhance our strategic efforts to meet the needs of wireless users and operators as CDMA technology is implemented worldwide."
Kripalani joined Qualcomm in 1994 as vice president of strategic business development for Qualcomm's CDMA Division and focused on supporting the adoption of CDMA technology by major operators. His extensive background includes more than 23 years of technology development, product implementation and communications industry standards planning. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Kripalani spent more than 18 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, AT&T Network Wireless Systems and AT&T Information Systems, where he held several management positions and, at various times, was responsible for the development of wireless infrastructure for all the major technologies as well as an earlier value-added data network offering. Kripalani served as department head in the Chief Architects Division of AT&T Bell Laboratories prior to his departure from the company.
Kripalani has been integral to the promotion of the global adoption of cdmaOne™ systems. He has been an active member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and was the first chairman of the U.S. PCS Standards Committee (TIA TR-46) from 1993 to 1996. As chairman, he was responsible for overseeing the standardization of leading technologies for deployment in the PCS band. He currently serves on the TIA board of directors as vice chair of the Technical Committee and the Technical Standards Subcommittee.
Kripalani holds a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India and a master's of science in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's major business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&PIndex and is a FORTUNE 500® company traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis, and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 27, 1998, and most recent Form 10-Q.
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