Global Business Head, Smart Wearables and Shareables Segments, Qualcomm
Pankaj is a renowned intrapreneur and innovator in the tech industry where he has had a front row seat in the evolution of the mobile, IOT, and wearables spaces over the last 25+ years. Currently at Qualcomm Technologies, Pankaj leads the wearables, audio, and ecosystem businesses with global P&L responsibility. He incubated the wearables segment for Qualcomm and has grown it to become the leading player in the industry having shipped 250+ products in 100+ countries with 75+ brands over the last 5 years. Previously at Intel, Pankaj led its forays in the laptops, tablets, handhelds, and smartphone segments where he managed strategy, business development, product planning, ecosystem programs, go-to-market, and customer support. While at Intel, Pankaj worked closely with Intel Capital and led business development and due diligence for the wireless portfolio, which was comprised of 30 start-ups with $30M invested capital. Pankaj started his career in the management and technology consulting space and advised multiple Fortune 100 clients on strategic and operational issues.
Pankaj is a prolific angel investor in the mobile/5G, IOT/wearables, consumer Internet, cloud, AI/ML, and medical device sectors and has invested in more than 50 early stage and series A start-ups over the last few years. He brings keen strategic insights, proven track record in scaling businesses, and a robust network of customers and ecosystem partners to his portfolio companies. Pankaj serves as a board member, strategic advisor, and mentor to start-ups and non-profit organizations. He is widely recognized as a thought leader in the tech space, has spoken at multiple industry events, and appeared in a myriad of mainstream publications. Pankaj holds the early defining patent on low power for mobile devices and computers. Pankaj has an MBA from The Wharton School, an MS from the University of Michigan, a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee), and has taken multiple management and leadership courses at Stanford and Darden.