Interview with Dr. Paul E. Jacobs

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Qualcomm Incorporated

All around the world, cellular is touching everybody’s lives, and so the opportunities in Africa, in Southeast Asia, in areas that are not traditionally thought of as huge growing markets, are big for us…

The number one thing I worry about is just as we grow and get bigger, that employees get complacent, that we lose the atmosphere of risk-taking, because we’re fundamentally an innovation-driven company.

The aging of the population is going to create the need for more productivity and lower costs in the healthcare system, and mobile technology is going to be one of the key ways to solve that problem.

I see over the next five years an increasing recognition that wireless is an enabling technology for other industries. Healthcare is one we look at, but also automotive, energy, and education.

The main thing that provides trust in our dealings with our partners, with our customers and their customers, and with our suppliers is that you just need to take the high road. You really need to be transparent. When we say we are going to do something, whether it’s delivering a product or having certain performance of that product, we do it.

All of these things that we think about as natural to us today… came from the fundamental recognition that the Internet would go wireless, that you would carry it with you.

 
As part of PwC's 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, we spoke with Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. In this short video, Paul discusses technological advances, fostering a culture of innovation, being able to think globally and act globally, and the importance of engaging with stakeholders and local communities.

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, a global provider of wireless technology and services.

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