Qualcomm Confirms Leadership Shakeup in Japan

Power is shifting inside of Qualcomm’s offices in Japan.

Late Thursday, word surfaced that the mobile technologies firm would be shuffling some talent.

For starters, Qualcomm announced the appointment of Clifford Ficke as vice president and president of Qualcomm Japan.

Ficke will oversee Qualcomm’s operations in Japan and will report to Jing Wang, executive vice president and president of Global Business Operations.

Jun Yamada, who made significant contributions to Qualcomm’s business growth in Japan since 2005, will transition from his current role as senior vice president and president of Qualcomm Japan to senior advisor, providing continued guidance as Qualcomm focuses on driving new Qualcomm technologies in Japan.

“Jun’s guidance and leadership has been instrumental to the development and expansion of Qualcomm’s operation in Japan,” said Wang. “As one of the most advanced mobile markets worldwide, Japan continues to fuel innovation and present significant business opportunities for Qualcomm. Cliff’s extensive experience and proven track record in the semiconductor industry will be invaluable in driving Qualcomm’s business in Japan as the industry continues to introduce advanced mobile technologies.”