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'Podfather' Jon Rubinstein headed to Qualcomm board of directors

updated 06:55 pm EDT, Mon May 6, 2013

Industry luminary also serves on Amazon board

Qualcomm today announced the election of Jonathan Rubinstein to its Board of Directors. Rubinstein brings more than 30 years of experience in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics industries to the position, including a tenure at Apple in which he was referred to as "The Podfather" for his role on the iPod team. He last served as Senior Vice President of Product Innovation for Hewlett-Packard until January 2012.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon as a member of Qualcomm's Board of Directors," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm. "His experience in creating revolutionary consumer electronics and mobile products will provide added insight to Qualcomm's board as we continue to expand the scope and impact of wireless products and technology, improving and enhancing people's lives around the world."

Rubinstein's longstanding career has spanned a number of roles. In his most recent positions at HP, he led product innovation for HP's Personal Systems and, prior to that, presided over the launch of the HP's Touchpad tablet as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Palm Global Business Unit. Previously, Rubinstein had joined Palm as executive chairman in 2007, where he focused on product development, R&D and engineering. He led Palm as chairman and chief executive officer from June 2009 until it was acquired by HP in 2010.

Besides his tenure in the iPod division at Apple, Rubinstein also served as senior vice president of hardware engineering, where he was responsible for overhauling Apple's engineering teams, product roadmaps, manufacturing processes for the iMac line. Rubinstein previously held a number of engineering and leadership positions at NeXT Computer, and founded his own company, Firepower Systems.

Rubinstein is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a senior member of the IEEE and a board member of Amazon. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and a master's degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University.



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