US-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. has announced the appointment of Rajen Vagadia as country manager of its India operations. Vagadia’s appointment will be effective immediately and he will be reporting directly to Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific and India.
Vagadia has more than 26 years of experience in the telecom industry, covering diverse areas in manufacturing, business development and sales, supply-chain and strategy. He joined Qualcomm in 2011 and during his tenure he has played a key role in driving the LTE growth for India and expanding opportunities for adjacent business in-country. He led the business development of the Internet of Things (IoT) across the different verticals covering smart cities, healthcare, automotive, wearables, home automation and industrial automation.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Vagadia has held local and regional, executive level positions at Motorola, Tata Teleservices Ltd, Elcoteq and Reliance Infocomm Ltd. in areas of, business development and outsourcing. He has worked for Indian Carriers and Multinationals-OEM, ODM, Contract Manufacturers and Carriers. He was an entrepreneur early in his career, where his company was a supplier of telecom gear to the India and SAARC markets.
Larry Paulson, vice president and president, Qualcomm India, who has been managing Qualcomm India operations from 2016 will help Vagadia with the transition before moving back to San Diego in June 2018.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry for his contribution to transforming Qualcomm India and helping us during an important phase of growth and transition,” said Cathey. “Rajen has been instrumental in contributing to this growth and I am confident as a country manager, he will charter a new path that will help Qualcomm establish itself as a leader in mobile, IoT and 5G,” he added.