Report: Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok is leaving chipset giant

Longtime Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) executive Rob Chandhok, who spearheaded Qualcomm's efforts in the Internet of Things market, is leaving the company, according to a Re/code report.


The report, which did not cite its sources, did not reveal what Chandhok's next move will be. In addition, it's unclear who will take over Chandhok's responsibilities at Qualcomm. Chandhok has been serving as president of Qualcomm Internet Services and Qualcomm Interactive Platforms.

Qualcomm representatives declined to comment on the report, and Chandhok did not respond to requests for comment.

Chandhok served in a variety of executive roles at Qualcomm, including senior vice president of software strategy. From 2000 to 2006, Chandhok served as a vice president of engineering and market development at Qualcomm. Before that he was the president and founder of Within Technology, a company that Qualcomm acquired. His only time away from Qualcomm in the last 14 years was a brief stint from 2006 to 2007 as chief product officer of VoIP provider SunRocket, which went out of business in 2007.

Chandhok, affable and deeply knowledgeable about the IoT market and mobile software, spearheaded the development of the AllJoyn protocol. AllJoyn, which was launched in 2011, was Qualcomm's open-source application development framework for ad hoc, proximity-based device-to-device communications.  In December 2013 Qualcomm gave the code behind the AllJoyn framework to the Linux Foundation. In turn, the Linux Foundation created the AllSeen Alliance to use AllJoyn to develop a new interoperable standard for connecting devices and objects to the Internet.

Although the AllSeen Alliance is just one of several industry consortia focused on developing protocols for how connected devices talk to each other--it competes with the Open Interconnect Consortium--the Alliance has attracted 80 members, including Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), LG Electronics, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony, Fon, Haier, Electrolux, HTC and more.

Chandhok's departure will mark yet another longtime Qualcomm executive who has left the company this year. In  August, Qualcomm Technologies EVP Peggy Johnson, a 24-year veteran, left the company to join Microsoft as its EVP of business development. In addition, Bill Davidson, a 12-year Qualcomm veteran who had been senior vice president of investor relations, left the company to joins semiconductor fabrication company GlobalFoundries. 

Also, Clint McClellan, a 17-year veteran who co-founded the original Wireless Health group in Qualcomm, which eventually became Qualcomm Life, left to become president of mobile healthcare firm Indie Health.

In September, Ruckus Wireless named Daniel Rabinovitsj as its COO. Rabinovitsj had been a senior vice president and general manager at Qualcomm Atheros. Qualcomm acquired Wi-Fi chipset specialist Atheros in 2011.

Tirias Research analyst Jim McGregor said it's only natural for executives who have been with a company a long time to look for better prospects if they want to advance their careers. He added that any time there is a CEO change at a big company that can also lead to some fallout.  Earlier this year Steve Mollenkopf took over as Qualcomm's CEO replacing former chief Paul Jacobs. Jacobs remains Chairman of the company.    

For more:
- see this Re/code article

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