In his new role, Aberle will have oversight for all business divisions across the organization as well as the Qualcomm’s global market development and marketing groups. Qualcomm said Aberle will continue to formulate and drive key strategies for diversifying and growing the company in both its core businesses as well as new business opportunities.
Aberle will report to Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm. Mollenkopf was promoted to CEO in December.
“Derek has been instrumental in creating and growing many important areas of Qualcomm’s business over the past 13 years, including our licensing business, and our wireless charging, display, platforms and services businesses,” said Mollenkopf.
“Under his leadership, Qualcomm Technology Licensing has more than doubled its revenues and profits, completed key license agreement extensions, successfully defended challenges to our business model and established Qualcomm’s 4G licensing program. I’m looking forward to working closely with Derek as we lead the next chapter of growth and success for Qualcomm.”
Prior to his current role, Aberle held several positions within Qualcomm’s Technology Licensing division. In 2000, Aberle joined Qualcomm after representing the company as outside counsel for several years at large, international law firms.
Aberle holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.
— From a press release by Qualcomm
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