Wireless technology giant Qualcomm has appointed Ann Chaplin as its general counsel and corporate secretary, effective Nov. 1.
Chaplin will report directly to Qualcomm President and CEO Cristiano Amon. Don Rosenberg, general counsel and corporate secretary since 2007, will serve as special advisor for policy, regulation, and strategic initiatives until his retirement at the end of the year.
Most recently, Chaplin served as corporate secretary and deputy general counsel for General Motors, with significant responsibilities that included assisting in the overall management of the legal department; overseeing corporate governance; advising on product and technology transformation initiatives; managing the interface with the board of directors; leading the securities team; and advising on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives.
Chaplin directly managed many areas across GM’s legal operations at various times, including the litigation of cases ranging from class actions to complex products, antitrust, IP, securities, and multidistrict matters.
Prior to GM, Chaplin was a partner at Fish & Richardson, where she managed the firm’s litigation practice group and focused on patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation. She was a member of the firm’s management committee and led its Minneapolis office.