President, Qualcomm Incorporated
Derek Aberle serves as president of Qualcomm Incorporated and is responsible for the oversight for all business divisions across the organization, as well as the Company’s global market development and marketing groups. Aberle is also responsible for formulating and driving key strategies for diversifying and growing the Company in both Qualcomm’s core businesses, as well as new business opportunities. He also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee, helping to drive Qualcomm’s overall global strategy.
Prior to his current role, Aberle served as executive vice president of Qualcomm Incorporated, and group president, as well as president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL). He was responsible for overseeing Qualcomm’s technology and IP licensing business as well as Qualcomm’s earlier stage businesses such as its wireless health, platform, display and wireless charging businesses.
Starting in 2008, Aberle led the QTL division and held several roles within this division, including EVP and president, and SVP and general manager. He has been instrumental to the success and growth of this division, and, under his leadership, QTL has significantly grown both revenues and profits and established its 4G licensing program. He has played a leading role in structuring and negotiating key license agreements with many of Qualcomm’s leading licensees, including Ericsson, Huawei, LGE, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Samsung, ZTE and many others. In the process, he has built strong relationships with the Company’s licensees. He has also contributed heavily to the creation and implementation of the legal and business strategies that led to the resolution of several of the Company’s licensing-related disputes.
Aberle joined Qualcomm in 2000 after representing the Company as outside counsel for several years at the law firms of Pillsbury Madison and Sutro and Heller Ehrman.
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.