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Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs Named to Technology CEO Council

CEO Leadership Group Focuses on Innovation Agenda Critical to Economic Growth and U.S. Competitiveness in Global Marketplace

Published Thursday, December 1, 2011

Washington, DC – The Technology CEO Council today named Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, the Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated and a business leader who holds more than 40 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices, as its newest member.

Technology CEO Council companies generate more than $260 billion in annual revenues and employ more than 700,000 workers. Created in 1989, the TCC advances policies to promote innovation and U.S. competitiveness through technology leadership. The CEOs regularly visit Washington D.C. to meet with policymakers about issues of importance to the high-tech industry and the nation. In the last few years, the group has led efforts to make the U.S. economy more competitive and innovative, improve our health-care system, make our society more energy efficient and reduce our deficit.

“As a business visionary and technical leader, Paul brings essential skills to the table for addressing our nation’s most pressing challenges: re-energizing our economy, maintaining our global competitiveness, and putting our fiscal house in order,” said Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., who serves as the Chairman of the Technology CEO Council. “Paul will help the TCC develop and deliver the public policy strategies our nation so desperately needs.”

Dr. Jacobs is a 21-year veteran of Qualcomm and joined the company as a development engineer after earning his PhD. He is a member of the US-India CEO Forum and recipient of a number of industry, academic and corporate leadership awards.

“Our nation’s future will be determined by how innovative we are,” said Dr. Jacobs. “TCC’s focus on ensuring that policymakers are looking ahead to the next big issue our country faces is compelling and I look forward to working with this highly effective group.”

The Technology CEO Council has laid out an innovation agenda to ensure that the United States remains the destination of choice for investment, innovation, talent and growth. According to the Technology CEO Council that agenda includes:

  • Tax policies that enable American innovators to compete and win in the global markets, ensuring U.S. jobs and growth.
  • Trade policies that give U.S. workers and entrepreneurs greater opportunities to access worldwide customers.
  • Investment policies intended to make the U.S. the premier destination for global innovators; and
  • Human capital policies that prioritize 21st century skills, research capacity and skilled immigration.

Besides Mr. Dell and Dr. Jacobs, TCC members include, Steven R. Appleton, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, Inc.; Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, Inc.; Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation; Paul S. Otellini, President and CEO of Intel Corporation; Samuel J. Palmisano, the Chairman and CEO of IBM Corporation; Michael R. Splinter, Chairman, President and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc.; and, Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman, President and CEO of EMC Corporation.

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