Qualcomm Appoints former BlackBerry MD Sunil Lalvani as Head of India Operations

Global chipmaker Qualcomm has announced it has appointed former BlackBerry India and SAARC MD Sunil Lalvani as the president of its India operations.

He succeeds Avneesh Agrawal, senior vice-president and president of Qualcomm India and South Asia. Agrawal, who has been granted 159 US patents, is moving on to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions.

Lalvani’s appointment will be effective July 27 and he will report directly to Cristiano Amon, executive vice-president and co-president, Qualcomm Technologies (QTI), Qualcomm said in a statement.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Lalvani was heading BlackBerry’s India operations. He was instrumental in leading a strong engagement with carrier partners and ISV’s in India, to drive uptake of BlackBerry’s services portfolio in the India region.

Lalvani quit BlackBerry in June this year to “explore opportunities outside of BlackBerry”.

With over 20 years of experience, Lalvani has also worked with EMC Corporation, Nokia Corporation, Cisco Systems and SITA Equant Network (now Orange Business Services).

“I am pleased to welcome Sunil Lalvani as vice-president (of QTI) and president of Qualcomm India. His broad industry experience and extensive leadership experience will enable us strengthen existing strategic relationships, identify new opportunities for business growth and build new relationships in India,” Amon said.

Lalvani joins Qualcomm at a time, when the company is undertaking a massive restructuring globally.

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