QUALCOMM CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs on executive succession

November 11, 2007 in Personalities & Profiles | Comments (0)


It’s something every company faces at some point – executive transition. After all, no one stays in a job forever and there comes a time when whomever helms the ship must execute on a succession plan. Why is it then, when the inevitability glares so brightly, that almost all companies stagger across this milestone rather than clearing it as just another hurdle on the track?

That topic and related discussion I’ll save for another time. But for now, enjoy this conversation with the CEO of a company that serves as an example of how executive succession planning, when properly arranged and executed, should look.
The company is QUALCOMM, and the transition was from more than from a founder to a new executive. It was also a transition from father to son.
In this discussion – Dr. Paul Jacobs, CEO of mobile chip maker QUALCOMM.


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