“We are in haste.” New CEO Scrambles to Cope with Global Chip Crisis.

Cristiano Amon started as CEO of Qualcomm earlier this month Inc.

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he was already suffering in the first crisis. In order to break it down, he sat in an extremely empty meeting room in Taipei, and prayed with an executive from one of the semiconductor’s biggest makers of chips.

It needed support from Qualcomm, a designer of tens of thousands of companies that enter the tens of millions of electronics every year, able to follow new markets and meet the demand of big customers such as Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co.

and China’s top handset-makers. In fact, he needed so much assistance that he was allowed by the Taiwanese government to come in March and stay in quarantine for three days. After he and his team came to a meeting place in a hotel in Taipei, they worked with their counterparts in a large room equipped with microphones and speakers to communicate with.

“I’m a big believer that sometimes you meet people in person,” said Mr. Amon, who was named CEO in January and took part in public service in June.

Many new business CEOs across the world have had to adapt to their budgets amid unprecedented pandemic limitations: getting to know key employees without ever meeting in person, and managing their responsibilities and business relationships is very different. Few say that they have had a more startling passing than that of Lord Amon, a native of Brazil, who riots person-to-person.

A cluster of important challenges – a global chip scarcity, a sudden change in the stakes market, and an unexpected purchasing opportunity – are trying to impose their brand on the company after spending more than two decades working. Qualcomm wanted to focus on expansion beyond the core mobile phone business, a change that began before it took over.

“I’ve done many things in parallel, and I want to succeed in everything,” he said in an interview. “I can’t do that in a hurry.”

A Qualcomm device was issued in 2019.


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The judges are in Mr. Amos’ tenure. QUALCOMM stock went down at $127.84 on Thursday, down from about $152 the day that it was announced as the nearest CEO. Investors are concerned about how the company’s long-term transition to a superb, next-generation 5G standard can benefit, and whether Apple will start to build its own mobile mobile communications chips, said SMBC U.S. securities analyst Nikko Srini Pajjuri.

Owner Amon’s pursuit of new markets is the right strategy, said Jeffrey Helfrich, portfolio manager at Dallas-based Penn Davis McFarland, a firm with a stake in Qualcomm, which is among the largest properties. But the company said it would stay on top of technology and avoid the return of old bugs, including a legal battle with Apple over how the royalty on smartphone technology has been collected. Qualcomm and Apple decided to fight in 2019.

“Is that their dispute with Apple forever? No,” he said.

A short honeymoon

Mr. Amon, an electrical engineer graduated from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas outside São Paulo, developed the multinational telecom companies in Brazil, and had two incentives with Qualcomm in 1995 and again in 2004. The father of three, at age 51, was a rising star during the 2018 year when he became president of the company.

Qualcomm was founded in 1985 and is led by a group of engineers led by Irwin Jacobs, who became its first CEO. He was succeeded by his son, Paul, and the kidneys of Steve Mollenkopf in 2014. Those leaders have fortified the ways of cellular cells to be connected to the cell towers and made Qualcomm a ubiquitous cellular tool for players. Mr. Mollenkopf, known for his reserved demeanor, saw the crowd in a tumultuous period of litigation against suspicion of scrutiny and hostile efforts by rival chipmaker Broadcom. Inc.

Irwin Jacobs, right, was one of Qualcomm’s founders and became the first CEO. This one was painted in 2004.


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Lord Amon strikes a discrepancy with Lord Mollenkopf, who retired in June. Its outlet style fits well with the work of acquiring new customers and exploring new businesses. Owner Amon is excited to assist the management of the company with that transformation, bringing in nearly 20 new executives. That group includes people with backgrounds in cloud computing, personal computer and auto technology, he said.

I don’t have a lot of time to settle for a job. Shortly before getting the nod, he had a bout with Covid-19o, which he collected around Christmas. After it was recovered, the company faced a challenge that would continue to break its weak chip-supply, which has raised electronic prices, and hampered production of all kinds of devices brought home from cars to PCs.

The scarcity, which it claims will relieve in the first half of 2022, has put Qualcomm in a fallacy position. While the company points out communications and notation chips, it strives to achieve them with others, which means that it does not fully control its own destiny. The build capability is critical for the longer-term acquisition of Qualcomm’s D. Amos aspirate chips in many automobiles, drones, and other devices.

It was one of Mr. Amon’s first stops after being named to the South Korea corner office, which was followed by a trip to Taiwan in March, then returned to South Korea in May. Those countries are home to some of the world’s biggest chipmakers and key Qualcomm suppliers, including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Before he got the job, Mr. Amon was a frequent visitor to these areas to meet with his industrial partners. But the global chip pandemic and the scarcity of travel this year have made a surprise. The anti-Covid regime has similarly blocked measures restricting it so that the Taiwan government could not leave the hotel from an airport to an approved government. When in Taiwan, Mr. Amon usually dropped in the first place of the most famous dark restaurant Din Tai Fung. Ritual covid nixed it.

“pressure cooker”

Qualcomm is also vying for the majority of the cellphone market in China. This fight intensified last year after US restrictions on Huawei Technology Co. a partial Chinese telecommunications giant. Huawei has done many things about its chips, with companies vying to throw their market over to Qualcomm and its competitors.

Encouraging recruits to boost Qualcomm’s build capacity, Mr. Amos has rarely worked in the industry, agreeing to pay in advance on supplies and contracts longer than a typical league. Owner Amos said he felt warmth from Qualcomm customers about the chip scarcity, even from users who don’t buy products directly from the company.

“Alright I can’t find anything that can’t press directly and indirectly,” he said. “It’s pressure cooker right now.”

A Qualcomm production lab in San Diego by 2019.


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Mr. Amos also met or spoke with CEOs of defense contractors, industrial companies and a plethora of car engineers, as part of his efforts to diversify Qualcomm’s customer base from chips to phone. Rolls-Royce arrived with deal with French sedan SA

Qualcomm’s electric cars come with chips.

When he had received this, the people warned him that he had hastened to a protracted resolution, and said, But Qualcomm has decided to present a five-year list to all employees anywhere for three hours this summer. Employees wanted to ask questions about how their work aligned with the goals of the company.

The design behind Qualcomm’s auto-industry impact is one of the most important factors cars can now use as semiconductors on their dashboard displays, support drivers and other applications.

This project surprised the youth of Mr. Amos’ tenure as CEO—a multibillion-dollar takeover of a multibillion-dollar company that produces auto-sensors technology, allowing accountants to take on a larger role in driving. He was expected to deliver an alliance with ‘Veoneer of Sweden’ Inc.

about the bid to compete.

Qualcomm already had a partnership with Veoneer to work on the auto-drive system, but Veoneer management wanted a customer that would provide enough ladders to compete with the likes of Tesla. Inc.

and Intel Corp.’s

driving-tech subsidiary Mobileye. With Canadian automotive company Magna International Inc.

He made a $3.8 billion cash offer to Veoneer to be acquired in July, and threatened Qualcomm’s self-driving policy.

View the new autonomous driving computing system, starting in 2020.


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Owner Amon first asked to buy a share of Venoeer from the auto-active company for $2 billion, and then sweetened the offer to 2.5 billion in July. Veoneer’s CEO is asking for Qualcomm to order for the whole company. In August Amon offered $4.6 billion, and this month the Swedish company received the bidding, which was established in an investment partnership with Qualcomm.

The deal was made at the beginning of Mr. Amos’ tenure as CEO. The Lord Amon laments for the first few months how little time he has. “I have a lack of chips and a lack of time,” he said. “We are in a hurry. We do things a lot. We change and bin Qualcomm and we have a lot of time there.

Write to Asa Fitch at asa.fitch@wsj.com

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