Two USD Law Alumni Named to Top Posts at Qualcomm

San Diego (October 4, 2011) — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that Steve Altman, ’86, will become vice chairman, and Derek Aberle, ‘96, has been promoted to executive vice president and group president.

The changes will be effective November 12, 2011. In his new role, Altman will continue as a member of Qualcomm's executive committee and provide direction and guidance on key initiatives across all areas of the business, as well as on overall vision and strategy. In addition to continuing to serve as president of the Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL) division, Aberle will oversee Qualcomm's core services businesses, as well as the standards and global marketing activities.

Image of Steve Altman from Qualcomm's websiteEmployed by Qualcomm for 22 years, most recently serving as the company’s president since 2005, Steve Altman has been a member of the executive committee since 1992. According to a company press release, Altman's leadership and contributions have helped enable the Qualcomm’s successful growth, evolution and expansion. Altman joined Qualcomm in 1989 and is the chief architect of the company's licensing business model. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1986.

Image of Derek Aberle from Qualcomm's websiteDerek Aberle has provided leadership and oversight for all activities associated with Qualcomm's technology and IP licensing business, and, as a member of the executive committee, has helped to formulate and drive business strategies across the company. After representing Qualcomm as outside counsel for several years, Aberle joined Qualcomm in 2000. Prior to becoming president of QTL, he held several roles within QTL, including SVP & general manager. He has been instrumental to the success and growth of QTL, playing a leading role in structuring, negotiating and finalizing key license agreements with the Company's leading licensees. Aberle holds a bachelor's degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1996.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of wireless communications, linking people more closely to information, entertainment and each other. Today, Qualcomm technologies are powering the convergence of mobile communications and consumer electronics, making wireless devices and services more personal, affordable and accessible to people everywhere.


Ashley Vitale
(619) 260-4097


Contact Us

Phone: (619) 260-4527

View Directory

83° 61°

Visit Campus

Warren Hall, Room 201
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110