Chairman & CEO, Qualcomm
Paul Jacobs has served as CEO of Qualcomm since 2005 and was appointed chairman of the board in 2009. Under his leadership, the San Diego–based company has emerged as the leading provider of chipsets for mobile devices and is consistently ranked at the top of its industry on Fortune’s list of “Most Admired Companies.” Jacobs joined Qualcomm as a development engineer in 1990. Over the past two decades he has led numerous advances in wireless communications and has received more than 40 patents. In 1997 he became president of Qualcomm Consumer Products, where he spearheaded development of the first commercial smartphone. Other breakthrough innovations include the integration of GPS into cell phones and a platform that enabled over-the-air downloading of apps. He is the 2009 winner of the IEEE CASS Industrial Pioneer Award and has been named “Best Telecom CEO” four years in a row by Institutional Investor.