Qualcomm names Cristiano Amon as president

James Pearce
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Qualcomm has promoted Cristiano Amon to the role of president of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he will be tasked with formulating key growth strategies across the chipmaker’s core businesses

Amon will take on the role effective of 4 January, having served as president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies for over three years. QCT is one of the world’s largest providers of wireless chipsets and software.

He has been with Qualcomm for over 20 years, originally joining as an engineer. Amon has held a variety of roles, including senior vice president of product management with QCT, managing the company’s wireless chipset portfolio. Prior to joining Qualcomm Amon served as the chief technical officer of Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil and held positions in NEC, Ericsson and Velocom.

In his new role, Amon will formulate and drive key strategies for growing the company in both Qualcomm’s core businesses, as well as new business opportunities. Amon will also continue to lead the QCT business, reporting to Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Mollenkopf said: “Cristiano’s unique mix of business, engineering and operational skills and experience make him ideally suited to continue driving Qualcomm’s technology and leadership positions across mobile, IoT, automotive, edge computing and networking – and lead the transition to 5G.”

The appointment comes as Qualcomm saw off attempts from rival Broadcom to acquire the company. Broadcom bid $103 billion in November but the offer “dramatically undervalues Qualcomm”, a spokesperson said as it rejected the offer.

Broadcom then proposed an overhaul of Qualcomm’s board of directors, which was unanimously rejected following a recommendation from the Board’s governance committee.