Qualcomm Elects Jonathan “Father of Apple iPod” Rubinstein to Board of Directors

Legendary Apple, Palm Executive Becomes Director of Qualcomm

by Anton Shilov
05/07/2013 | 08:27 PM



Qualcomm on Tuesday announced the election of Jonathan Rubinstein to its doard of directors. Jon Rubinstein brings more than 30 years of experience in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics industries to the position. The most noteworthy achievements of Mr. Rubinstein are the Apple iPod music players as well as Palm smartphones and tablets based on webOS operating system.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon as a member of Qualcomm’s doard of directors. His experience in creating revolutionary consumer electronics and mobile products will provide added insight to Qualcomm’s board as we continue to expand the scope and impact of wireless products and technology, improving and enhancing people’s lives around the world,” said Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm.

Mr. Rubinstein’s longstanding career has spanned a number of roles. In his most recent positions at Hewlett-Packard, he led product innovation for HP’s personal systems and, prior to that, presided over the launch of the HP’s Touchpad tablet as senior vice president and general manager of Palm global business unit. Previously, Rubinstein joined Palm as executive chairman in 2007, where he focused on product development, R&D and engineering to drive Palm’s return to innovation with its webOS software and smartphone devices. He led Palm as chairman and chief executive officer from June 2009 until it was acquired by HP in 2010.

Prior to his role at Palm, Rubinstein earned the nickname, “The Podfather”, while running Apple’s iPod division, where he was instrumental in creating the iPod and its robust ecosystem. He also served as senior vice president of hardware engineering, where he was responsible for overhauling the Apple’s engineering teams, product roadmaps, manufacturing processes and leading the rapid rollout of the iMac.

Mr. Rubinstein previously held a number of engineering and leadership positions at different computing companies, such as Stardent Computer and NeXT Computer, and founded his own company, Firepower Systems.

Jon Rubinstein is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a senior member of the IEEE and a board member of Amazon.com. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University.