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Qualcomm Names Europe Chief

The company puts Pertti Johansson in a new role.
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Qualcomm (QCOM) named Andrew Gilbert president of Qualcomm Europe, replacing Pertti Johansson, who has been appointed to a new position as president of Qualcomm Middle East and Africa.

The San Diego-based wireless technology outfit said Gilbert has spent the last 25 years in sales, marketing and general management roles for telecommunications vendors in both Europe and the U.S. Gilbert most recently served as vice president and general manager of Flarion Europe. Qualcomm recently announced the completion of the acquisition of Flarion.

"Andrew Gilbert brings extensive strategic and market experience to this position and his appointment further supports Qualcomm's commitment to working with our partners on the deployment of WCDMA and HSDPA, as well as OFDMA services, in Europe," said Jeff Jacobs, president of global development, Qualcomm. "Andrew is a recognized leader in the industry and his strong relationships with European operators and other telecommunication leaders will support the continued growth of Qualcomm's business in Europe.

"As Qualcomm addresses the growing opportunities in the Middle East and Africa, one of the fastest growing wireless markets, Pertti's long and successful career in growing and managing business in different regions of the world, combined with his experience and relationships with operators and manufacturers, will be beneficial to the growth of Qualcomm products and services in the MEA region," said Jacobs.