Cristiano is the right man for the job as he has the engineering and managerial skills necessary to play a much bigger role at Qualcomm. Cristiano will replace Derek Aberlee as it was announced that he will leave the company on the last day of this year.
Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm Inc. 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. ”
Robust future roadmap
Fudzilla talked about all these subjects with Cristiano and we have more to publish about it but Qualcomm has a robust mobile, IoT, automotive, edge computing and especially the networking roadmap, all leading in the way of GigabitLTE and later 5G dominance.
Cristiano managed QCT’s product roadmap since 2008, and under his guidance the Snapdragon SoC and brand has risen to 100s of millions SoCs shipped in all segments of the mobile phones each year. The work of Cristiano and his close associate and thousands of other people at Qualcomm led to the recent announcement of the Snapdragon 845 SoC that will dominate smartphones in 2018.
Cristiano will report directly to Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. He will now have to deal with the QTL (Qualcomm Technology Licensing) side of the business as well as his bellowed QCT.
Since Fudzilla readers really care about products, his job at QCT might be inherited by the very skilled and engineering driven Alex Katouzian.The company built momentum for him at the Snapdragon technology summit and of course, now it all makes sense. Qualcomm sent a note that Cristiano continues to leader the QCT and that there are no changes there.
So 2018 will bring new leadership as well as faster phones, better battery life, faster stand-alone modems, a step closer to 5G as well as a more robust IoT roadmap full of audio, network and automotive innovations. We expect to see the finalization of the NXT acquisition and potentially even a settlement with Apple in the course of the year, but let's wait and see how this is going to play out.
Cristiano is a great guy to explain to the board, investors and the rest of the world why the unecessary Broadcom acqusition would be a bad thing too.