Cristiano Amon to Become Qualcomm CEO in Mid-2021

Posted on January 5, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mobile with 3 Comments

Qualcomm announced that CEO Steve Mollenkopf will retire from the firm in June. He will be replaced by current Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon.

“I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished at Qualcomm and the position the company currently enjoys as the world’s leader in wireless technologies,” Mr. Mollenkopf said in a prepared statement. “With our business model clearly validated and our leadership in 5G, this is the right time for Cristiano to assume leadership of the Company and preside over what I see as the single largest opportunity in the company’s history … 5G.”

Long considered the heir apparent at Qualcomm, Mr. Amon joined the firm in 1995 and has been Qualcomm’s president since January 2018. In that role, he led the firm’s push into 5G, among other things.

“I am honored to be named the next CEO of Qualcomm and appreciate the confidence that Steve and the Board have in me,” he said. “Qualcomm is an incredible company. We have been at the forefront of innovation for decades and I look forward to maintaining this position going forward.”

Mr. Mollenkopf, age 52, has been with Qualcomm for 26 years. He became CEO in March 2014.

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3 responses to “Cristiano Amon to Become Qualcomm CEO in Mid-2021”

  1. maktaba

    Back when Microsoft was looking for Ballmer replacement, I was hoping Steve Mollenkopf would be the one they’d pick. At least he wouldn’t have let Windows Phone die like Nadella did.

    • Paul Thurrott

      Nadella didn't "let" Windows phone die. Windows phone died of natural causes, Nadella just pulled the plug.
  2. bkkcanuck

    The new CEO Cristiano Amon has at least the right background to be CEO ... as he was originally an Electrical Engineer... I just wish Intel would learn that lesson... Having someone at the helm (or given cart-blanche product control) should be knowledgeable in the actual business that they are delivering products for (hopefully someone that gets excited about the technology itself in this case as well).

  3. beckoningeagle

    Oh Man! I was so hoping for Mehedi