Qualcomm has turned to its own ranks for its next executive vice president and Chief Technology Officer. Long-time employee and current senior vice president Matt Grob was just appointed to the post after spending the last 20 years at the company. The previous CTO, Roberto Padovani, is staying on board as an executive vice president and will continue to look over the company’s R&D and emerging technology efforts.
Matt Grob started at Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer and worked on key advances. He contributed and provided leadership for early CDMA data services, the Globalstar satellite system and even 1x EV-DO wireless Internet access. Later, he was in a leadership role during the development of advanced 3G technologies. Matt knows wireless communication and cellular technologies; he holds 60 patents in the fields.
“Matt’s focused leadership and his vision into new technology horizons make him ideally suited to lead Qualcomm’s innovation agenda as chief technology officer,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. ”For nearly 10 years, Roberto has played a pivotal role in establishing Qualcomm’s reputation for technology excellence. We are fortunate that Qualcomm will continue to benefit from his seasoned expertise.”
Grob was promoted to senior vice president of Corporate R&D in 2006. He plans to continue his work in this area which most recently included wireless charging, peer-to-peer technologies and exploring the possibilities of Augmented Reality.