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Paul Jacobs Officially Takes Over As Qualcomm CEO

This marks a new era in Qualcomm‘s history: todya maks the official day when the 71-year-old Irwin Jacobs steps down as CEO and appoints his son, 42-year-old Paul Jacobs, as the new CEO. The company faces new challenges as it moves into wireless data and content, and of course, reply on its stable of patents. “The world is generally not fond of paying Qualcomm royalties and, at some point in the future, it’s conceivable that the firm may have difficulty enforcing its patents in some emerging markets,” wrote Morningstar analyst John Slack in a recent report on the company.Paul is the one stepping the gas on MediaFlo, the mobile video network Qcom is building…
SignOnSanDiego I: “Success will be if, in five years, everybody thinks of their phones as not just a voice device,” he said.
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