Qualcomm Appoints Larry Paulson As India President

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 11, 2017


Larry Paulson as vice president and president of Qualcomm India. Paulson’s appointment will be effective immediately and he will report directly to Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific and India.

Paulson has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, R&D, customer development, product marketing and technology creation. He joined the Company in 2013 as vice president of product management for Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD), a product of the semiconductor business, QCT.

Most recently, Paulson led the QCT Platforms organization and has expanded the Qualcomm Reference Design platform from the low tier to all MSM chipset tiers and into new categories, such as virtual reality. Paulson and his team also established the Qualcomm Global Pass program, which has been launched successfully in Latin America, North America, Europe, India and South East Asia.

Prior to Qualcomm, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President at Brightpoint where he was responsible for providing direction and coordination in the areas of strategic development, portfolio expansion through new products and services, establishing and managing relationships with key vendors and customers and executing on the global marketing  and product plan.

Paulson also served as the President of Technophone Americas and president of Nokia Products Corporation, a USA entity. Technophone was acquired by Nokia in 1991. His responsibilities included product roadmaps, business planning, feature strategies and application activities for all Nokia CDMA products worldwide.

Paulson spent more than 22 years at Nokia where he held numerous leadership positions. He also oversaw the company’s original design manufacturing process with partners in China, Taiwan and Korea, with responsibility for strategy, R&D, customer development and product management, and product marketing. Internationally, Mr. Paulson led various Nokia product management teams based in Beijing, Singapore, Dubai, Sao Paulo, and the USA.

Paulson has served as a charter member of Nokia Americas Management Board. He serves as a Board Director of EvoNexus San Diego. He has been involved in the wireless industry for over 30 years.

“Larry has a long history in the wireless industry and experience in building cellular phones and running large businesses, all of which will be instrumental in his new role,” Cathey said. “He will provide leadership and drive business growth for Qualcomm in the region, and will oversee the sales and business organization in India with responsibility for all QCT and QTL go-to-market activities.”

Qualcomm is working with Google to combine Android Things, an Internet of Things operating system, and its Snapdragon processor and with Microsoft it has invested an undisclosed sum in Team8, a cybersecurity startup studio founded by top veterans of Unit 8200, Israel’s digital intelligence unit, often referred to as the country’s National Security Agency-equivalent.  Qualcomm recently acquired NXP in a move that gives it scale across connected devices from the smartphone to car to home.