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Board of Trustees welcomes business leader Sanjay Jha

Sanjay Jha

Sanjay Jha

At its April meeting, the Salk Board of Trustees unanimously approved the election of Sanjay Jha to its ranks. Jha is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility and previously served as the co-chief executive officer of Motorola. Under his leadership, the struggling company was transformed into a powerhouse in the mobile phone market, primarily due to his decision to take a huge risk on the Android smart phone. He stepped down as CEO in May 2012, after Google acquired Motorola Mobility.

Prior to joining Motorola, Jha held a variety of positions at Qualcomm after joining the company as a senior engineer in 1994. He was promoted to vice president of engineering in 1997, and in 1998, he became senior vice president of engineering. In 2002, Jha led the formation of Qualcomm Technologies & Ventures, where he managed both the technology investment portfolio and the new technology group as senior vice president and general manager. He also served as president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, Qualcomm's chipset and software division, during a period of rapid growth. Jha became executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm Flarion Technologies in 2003 and was named chief operating officer in December 2006.

"Sanjay's extraordinary record of success as a leader in technology and business makes him a valuable addition to our board," said board chair Irwin M. Jacobs. "His wide-ranging curiosity, experience and professional expertise will provide valuable support as we further expand the Institute's scientific impact." Jha holds a Ph.D. in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He received his B.S. in engineering from the University of Liverpool in England.