20 November 2020
Qorvo’s CEO Bob Bruggeworth elected chair of SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) board of directors has elected Bob Bruggeworth, president, CEO & director of Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications), as its 2021 chair and Steve Mollenkopf, CEO & director of Qualcomm Inc, as its 2021 vice chair. SIA represents 98% of the US semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-US chip firms.
“Both engineers by trade, Bob and Steve are dedicated industry leaders and accomplished champions for chip technology,” comments SIA president & CEO John Neuffer. “Their combined skills and experience will greatly benefit SIA in the year ahead as we work to advance semiconductor industry priorities in Washington and capitals around the world.”
Bruggeworth served as president & CEO of RF Micro Devices from January 2003 to December 2014, prior to the merger of RFMD and TriQuint to form Qorvo. He was previously president of RFMD from June 2002 until January 2003. Before this, he was also vice president and then president of RFMD’s wireless products group. Prior to joining RFMD in September 1999, Bruggeworth held various leadership positions at AMP Inc (now TE Connectivity), serving most recently as VP of global computer & consumer electronics. He is an electrical engineer and a graduate of Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The SIA is “a coalition that has never been more important to our industry and our country than it is now,” comments Bruggeworth. “I’m eager to work alongside my colleagues on the SIA board to raise awareness about our industry and the tremendous importance of semiconductor technology to our country’s economic strength and national security.”
Bruggeworth delivered remarks at the 2020 SIA Leadership Forum & Award Celebration (a virtual event) on 19 November.
Mollenkopf joined Qualcomm in 1994 as an engineer and, during his tenure, has helped to make Qualcomm a leader in foundational technologies, such as 5G, and the world’s largest mobile chipset supplier. His technical and business leadership have been critical to the development and implementation of multiple industry-leading innovations and products. A published IEEE author, Mollenkopf holds patents in areas such as power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitter system, and wireless communication transceiver technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
“Amid an ongoing pandemic and global economic uncertainty, smart government policies are needed now more than ever to ensure sustained US leadership in semiconductor technology,” says Mollenkopf. “Our industry speaks with one voice through SIA to promote policies that advance semiconductor innovation and the many chip-enabled technologies of the future.”