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Qualcomm focuses on Africa, Middle East

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Qualcomm, a developer developer of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, has announced the appointments of James Munn as the company's vice-president of business development for sub-Sahara Africa and Jay Srage as its vice-president of business development for the Middle East and North Africa.

In these roles, Munn and Srage will lead Qualcomm's business operations in the regions and manage the company's strategic relationships with regional customers,
including network operators, infrastructure equipment providers, mobile handset vendors and value-added service developers.
"The Middle East and Africa are complex blends of diverse market  segments that present unique challenges and considerable growth opportunities to Qualcomm. James and Jay both bring an exceptional mix of telecom and  consumer product industry expertise to their positions, making them ideal candidates to spearhead our growing business development efforts in the regions," says  Jing Wang, executive vice president of Qualcomm Asia Pacific and Middle East/Africa.
"The insight and leadership of these two executives puts Qualcomm in a good position to strengthen its existing partnerships and foster new relationships to expand its market reach."
Before joining Qualcomm, Munn was vice president of Samsung's mobile division in South Africa, where he spearheaded Samsung's sales and marketing activities and played a role in growing its regional market share. Previously, he spent 10 years with Ericsson and most recently served as the director of consumer products for Sony Ericsson in South Africa.
Srage spent more than 10 years at Texas Instruments (TI), most recently overseeing marketing operations for TI's wireless terminals business unit. Srage also co-managed TI Ventures, the company's venture finance fund, where he directed TI's investments in start-up companies focused on the wireless and telecommunications industries.