The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, and the Irish Development Authority (IDA) Ireland, yesterday led the opening ceremony of a new Qualcomm Incorporated Global Technology Delivery Centre in Cork. The new centre will support Qualcomm’s global operations teams in the delivery of best-in-class IT solutions, and aims to tap into local Cork and regional talent, creating new job opportunities for the area.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next generation wireless technologies. The company has a 50% in the smartphone chip market and employs 26,600 people worldwide. The opening ceremony was attended by several Qualcomm executives.
“For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications. Ireland’s successful track record with world-leading technology companies, availability of highly-skilled, technical talent along with a pro-business environment, all played a significant part in Qualcomm’s decision to locate in Cork.”
(Peggy Johnson, Executive VP, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc and President Global Market Development)
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“This initiative by Qualcomm represents a significant opportunity for a world-leader in Cork and a further endorsement of Ireland’s thriving technology cluster”
“The decision by Qualcomm is a particularly strong vote of confidence for the sector here. I would like to offer the on-going support of IDA Ireland to Qualcomm as the company continues to grow its Irish operations.”
Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland.
Qualcomm is also in discussions with IDA Ireland on the potential establishment of a Security and Encryption R&D centre through Qualcomm Mobile and Computing (QMC), a business unit of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Ken Murphy graduated from University College Cork in 1987 with an Electrical Engineering degree before moving to the US as a Network Design Engineer with BellSouth Corporation. His return to Ireland in 1989 heralded a career which concentrated on the multinational sector, and involved working with companies such as Apple Computer, Cabletron, FMC Automotive, Moog, General Semiconductor and Technicolor.
Ken is a specialist in quality management, purchasing, logistics and supply chain management. He has significant expertise and experience in managing the changing demands of the global media, electronics and automotive sectors at operational and project management levels.
Ken leads CareerWise Recruitment’s Cork operations. He has served on local and national committees of IPICS (The Supply Chain Management Institute), CIPD, the Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA), and has completed a three-year term as Chair of the UCC Alumni Board.
Ken has recently been elected as a Director of the Cork Chamber for a four year term to help promote business and drive policy objectives for the Cork Region
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