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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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January 20, 2022
Dear Fellow Stockholders:
You are cordially invited to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (Annual Meeting) of QUALCOMM Incorporated (Qualcomm) on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The meeting will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, California 92122. We will begin the Annual Meeting with a discussion and vote on the matters set forth in the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, followed by a presentation on Qualcomm’s fiscal 2021 performance, and a question and answer session.
Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please vote as soon as possible. You may vote via the Internet, by telephone, by completing and returning your proxy card or voting instruction form, scanning your QR code with your mobile device, or in person at the Annual Meeting, as set forth in the proxy statement. Voting by any of these methods will ensure your representation at the Annual Meeting.
Your vote is very important to us. I encourage you to vote as our Board of Directors has recommended.
Thank you for your support and your continued interest in Qualcomm. I look forward to seeing you in San Diego at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
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Sincerely,
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Cristiano R. Amon
President and Chief Executive Officer

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5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, California 92121-1714
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
To Be Held On March 9, 2022
To the Stockholders of QUALCOMM Incorporated:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (Annual Meeting) of QUALCOMM Incorporated, a Delaware corporation (Company), will be held at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, California 92121, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time to vote on the following matters:

The election of 12 directors to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors have been elected and qualified.

The ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent public accountants for our fiscal year ending September 25, 2022.

An advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers.

Such other business as may properly come before stockholders at the Annual Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.
The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on January 10, 2022 as the Record Date for the determination of stockholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting and at any adjournment or postponement thereof.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
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Ann Cathcart Chaplin
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
San Diego, California
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This proxy overview is a summary of information that you will find throughout this proxy statement. As this is only an overview, we encourage you to read the entire proxy statement for more information about these topics prior to voting.
2022 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS (ANNUAL MEETING)
DATE AND TIME
LOCATION
RECORD DATE
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2022
9:30 a.m. Pacific Time
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5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, California 92121
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JANUARY 10, 2022
DATE OF FIRST DISTRIBUTION OF PROXY MATERIALS IS JANUARY 20, 2022
How to Vote
Stockholders of record as of the Record Date may vote via the Internet at www.proxyvote.com; by telephone at 1-800-690-6903; by completing and returning their proxy card or voting instruction form; in person at the Annual Meeting; or by scanning with your mobile device the QR code provided to you. See “Voting Methods” section on page 5.
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By telephone at 1-800-690-6903
By mailing your
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In Person at the
Annual Meeting
By scanning the QR
code with your mobile
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Voting Matters and Board Recommendations
The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote as follows:
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Reference
PROPOSAL 1: Election of Directors
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PROPOSAL 2: Ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent public accountants for our fiscal year ending September 25, 2022
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PROPOSAL 3: Advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers
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Current directors Harish Manwani and Clark T. Randt, Jr. will conclude their service on our Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.
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BOARD DIVERSITY, DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE AND TENURE*
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BOARD DIVERSITY MATRIX*
Board Diversity Matrix (As of December 7, 2021)
Total Number of Directors
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Female Male
Non-Binary
Did Not
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Part I: Gender Identity
Directors
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Part II: Demographic Background
African American or Black
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Alaskan Native or Native American
Asian
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Hispanic or Latinx
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Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
White
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Two or More Races or Ethnicities
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LGBTQ+
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The Board Diversity, Director Independence and Tenure graphs, and the Board Diversity Matrix, include all current directors.
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In this document, the words “Qualcomm,” “the Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer only to QUALCOMM Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, and its consolidated subsidiaries and not to any other person or entity.
MEETING INFORMATION
The Board of Directors (Board) of QUALCOMM Incorporated is soliciting your proxy for use at the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (Annual Meeting) to be held on March 9, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time and at any adjournment or postponement thereof. Admission to the Annual Meeting is open to stockholders of record as of January 10, 2022 (Record Date) and/or their designated representatives. All stockholders will be required to show valid picture identification. If your shares are in the name of your bank, broker or other holder of record, you will also need to bring evidence of your stock ownership, such as your most recent brokerage account statement or a copy of your voting instruction form. For security purposes, packages and bags may be inspected and you may be required to check these items. Please arrive early enough to allow yourself adequate time to clear security.
We are excited to welcome stockholders back to our facilities for this year’s Annual Meeting. For the health and safety of our stockholders and employees, we will follow all applicable health orders and guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic in place at the time of the Annual Meeting. These may include, for example, requirements to practice social distancing or requirements for all or certain attendees to wear masks while in our facilities. As the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and applicable health orders are subject to change following the date of this proxy statement, we encourage stockholders who plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person to review the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Diego prior to attending. Individuals experiencing cold/flu-like symptoms, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19, should not attend the Annual Meeting but are encouraged to vote prior to the meeting using one of the other methods described under “Voting Methods” below. Stockholders can also watch a live webcast or replay of the Annual Meeting on the “Investor Relations” page of our website at www.qualcomm.com.
REGISTERED OWNERS AND BENEFICIAL OWNERS
Registered Owners. If your shares are registered directly in your name with Qualcomm’s transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A., you are the registered owner with respect to those shares.
Beneficial Owners. If your shares are held in an account at a bank, broker or other holder of record, you are the beneficial owner of those shares, which is commonly referred to as being held in “street name.” Most individual stockholders are beneficial owners and hold their shares in street name. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to instruct the bank, broker or other holder of record how to vote your shares.
If you are a registered owner and receive paper proxy materials, those materials will include a proxy card which you may use to vote your shares. If you are a beneficial owner and receive paper proxy materials, those materials will include a document similar to a proxy card called a voting instruction form.
VOTING RIGHTS AND OUTSTANDING SHARES
Only a holder of record of our common stock at the close of business on the Record Date (Record Holder) will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. At the close of business on the Record Date, we had 1,125,081,533 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote. Each Record Holder will be entitled to one vote for each share held on all matters to be voted upon. If you do not provide voting instructions on your proxy, your shares will be voted as described in the section “How Your Shares Will Be Voted” below. All votes will be counted by an independent inspector of election appointed for the Annual Meeting (Inspector of Election).
NOTICE OF INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS
We are furnishing proxy materials to our stockholders primarily via the Internet under rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), instead of mailing printed copies of those materials to each stockholder. On January 20, 2022, we commenced mailing to our stockholders (other than those who previously requested electronic delivery or a full set of printed proxy materials) a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including this proxy statement.
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This process is designed to expedite stockholders’ receipt of proxy materials, lower the cost of the Annual Meeting and help conserve natural resources. If you received the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and would prefer to receive printed proxy materials, please follow the instructions included in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. If you have previously elected to receive our proxy materials electronically, you will continue to receive these materials electronically (via email) unless you elect otherwise.
This proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2021 are available on the “Investor Relations” page of our website at www.qualcomm.com.
VOTING METHODS
You may vote by one of the following methods depending on the manner of delivery by which you received the proxy materials:

Vote via the Internet. Go to the web address http://www.proxyvote.com and follow the instructions for Internet voting shown on the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or voting instruction form mailed to you, or the instructions that you received by email.

Vote by Telephone. Dial 1-800-690-6903 and follow the instructions for telephone voting shown on the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or voting instruction form mailed to you, or the instructions that you received by email.

Vote by Mail. Complete, sign, date and mail the proxy card or voting instruction form in the envelope provided to you. If you vote via the Internet or by telephone, please do not mail your proxy card or voting instruction form.

Vote in Person. Complete, sign and date a ballot at the Annual Meeting.

Vote by Scanning the QR code. Scan, with your mobile device, the QR code provided on the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or voting instruction form mailed to you.
Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we encourage you to vote your shares in advance via the Internet, by telephone or by mailing in your proxy card or voting instruction form.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE A BENEFICIAL OWNER OF SHARES HELD IN STREET NAME, SINCE YOUR SHARES ARE HELD BY A BANK, BROKER OR OTHER HOLDER OF RECORD, IF YOU WISH TO VOTE AT THE ANNUAL MEETING YOU MUST FIRST OBTAIN A LEGAL PROXY ISSUED IN YOUR NAME FROM THE HOLDER OF RECORD. OTHERWISE, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO VOTE IN PERSON AT THE MEETING.
HOW YOUR SHARES WILL BE VOTED
Your shares will be voted in accordance with your instructions. If you do not specify voting instructions on your proxy, the shares will be voted as set forth in the table below.
Proposal
Vote
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PROPOSAL 1
Election of Directors
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PROPOSAL 2
Ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent public accountants for our fiscal year ending September 25, 2022
FOR
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PROPOSAL 3
Advisory vote to approve the compensation of our named executive officers
FOR
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In the absence of instructions to the contrary, proxies will be voted in accordance with the judgment of the person exercising the proxy on any other matter properly presented at the Annual Meeting.
See the section entitled “Broker Non-Votes” below, as well as the “Required Vote and Board Recommendation” sections of the individual proposals for additional information.
VOTING RESULTS
We will publicly disclose the voting results of the Annual Meeting within four business days after the Annual Meeting by filing a Current Report on Form 8-K with the SEC, based on the tabulation of the Inspector of Election. We will post to the “Investor
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Relations” page of our website a replay and a transcript of the Annual Meeting (including the question and answer session), as well as the final voting results, which will remain on our website at www.qualcomm.com for at least one year.
BROKER NON-VOTES
A “broker non-vote” occurs when a bank, broker or other holder of record submits a proxy for the Annual Meeting, but does not vote on a particular proposal because that holder does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that proposal and has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner. Broker non-votes (like abstentions) will be counted as present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum, but will have no effect on the outcome of the voting results. Under the rules that govern brokers who are voting with respect to shares held in street name, brokers have the discretion to vote those shares on routine matters, but not on non-routine matters. Routine matters include ratification of the selection of independent public accountants. Non-routine matters include the election of directors and the advisory vote on executive compensation.
DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
The representation, in person or by proxy, of a majority of the outstanding shares of stock entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting constitutes a quorum. Under Delaware law, abstentions and broker non-votes are counted as present in determining whether the quorum requirement is satisfied.
REVOCABILITY OF PROXIES
If your shares are registered in your name, you may revoke your proxy and change your vote prior to the completion of voting at the Annual Meeting by:

Submitting a valid, later-dated proxy card in a timely manner;

Submitting a later-dated vote by telephone or via the Internet in a timely manner;

Giving written notice of such revocation to the Company’s corporate secretary (at 5775 Morehouse Drive, N-585L, San Diego, California 92121-1714) in a timely manner; or

Attending and voting at the Annual Meeting (although attendance at the Annual Meeting will not by itself revoke a proxy).
If your shares are held in “street name” and you wish to revoke a proxy, you should contact your bank, broker or other holder of record and follow its procedures for changing your voting instructions.
PROXY SOLICITATION
We will bear the entire cost of the solicitation of proxies, including the preparation, assembly, printing and mailing of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, this proxy statement, the proxy card, our Annual Report on Form 10-K and any additional information furnished to stockholders. Copies of solicitation materials will be furnished to banks, brokerage houses, fiduciaries and custodians holding in their names shares of common stock beneficially owned by others to forward to such beneficial owners. We may reimburse persons representing beneficial owners of common stock for their costs of forwarding solicitation materials to such beneficial owners.
In addition, we have retained Morrow Sodali LLC to act as a proxy solicitor in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. We have agreed to pay that firm $10,000, plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, for proxy solicitation services. Solicitation of proxies by mail may be supplemented by telephone, email, facsimile transmission, electronic transmission or personal solicitation by certain of our directors, officers or other employees. No additional compensation (other than reimbursement for expenses) will be paid to directors, officers or other employees for such services.
STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS
The deadline for submitting a stockholder proposal for inclusion in our proxy materials for our 2023 annual meeting of stockholders is September 22, 2022. Stockholder nominations for director that are to be included in our proxy materials under the proxy access provision of our Bylaws must be received no earlier than August 23, 2022 and no later than the close of business on September 22, 2022. Stockholder nominations for director and other proposals that are not to be included in our proxy materials must be received no earlier than November 9, 2022 and no later than the close of business on December 9, 2022. Any such stockholder proposals or nominations for director must be submitted to our Corporate Secretary in writing at 5775 Morehouse
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Drive, N-585L, San Diego, California 92121-1714. Stockholders are advised to review our Bylaws, which contain additional requirements for submitting stockholder proposals and director nominations. Our Bylaws are available on our website at www.qualcomm.com under the “Governance” section of our “Investor Relations” page. See page 11 for further information.
HOUSEHOLDING
The SEC allows companies and intermediaries (such as brokers) to implement a delivery procedure called “householding.” Under this procedure, multiple stockholders who reside at the same address will receive a single copy of our proxy materials, including the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, unless one of the stockholders has notified us that they want to continue receiving multiple copies. This practice is designed to reduce duplicate mailings, and save printing and postage costs as well as natural resources. Householding for bank and brokerage accounts is limited to accounts within the same bank or brokerage firm. For example, if you and your spouse share the same last name and mailing address and you and your spouse have two accounts containing Qualcomm stock at two different brokerage firms, your household will receive two copies of our proxy materials, one from each brokerage firm. To reduce the number of duplicate sets of proxy materials your household receives, you may wish to enroll some or all of your accounts in our electronic delivery program at http://enroll.icsdelivery.com/qcom.
If you received a household mailing this year and you would like to have a separate copy of our Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and/or proxy materials mailed to you, please submit your request to Broadridge ICS, either by calling toll-free 1-866-540-7095 or by writing to Broadridge ICS, Householding Department, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, New York 11717. They will promptly send additional copies of our Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and/or proxy materials upon receipt of such request. Once you have received notice from your bank or broker that it will be householding communications to your address, householding will continue until you are notified otherwise or until you revoke your consent. Stockholders may revoke their consent at any time by contacting Broadridge ICS as provided above. Please note, however, that if you want to receive a paper proxy or voting instruction form or other proxy material for purposes of this year’s Annual Meeting, you should follow the instructions included in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials that was sent to you. If you received multiple copies of the proxy materials and would prefer to receive a single copy in the future or if you would like to opt out of householding for future mailings, you may contact Broadridge ICS as provided above.
PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT COMPARISON OF STOCKHOLDER RETURN
Attached as Appendix A is a graph that compares total stockholder return on our common stock from September 25, 2016 to September 26, 2021 to two indices, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index (S&P 500) and the NASDAQ-100 Index (NASDAQ-100).
CORPORATE DIRECTORY
Attached as Appendix B is a listing of our executive officers and members of our Board.
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
CODE OF ETHICS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
The Board has adopted a Code of Ethics applicable to all of our employees, including our executive officers, employees of our subsidiaries, and members of our Board. Any amendments to, or waivers under, the Code of Ethics that are required to be disclosed by SEC rules will be disclosed within four business days of such amendment or waiver on our website at www.qualcomm.com under the “Governance” section of our “Investor Relations” page, which appears under the “Company” tab. To date, there have not been any waivers by us under the Code of Ethics.
The Board has also adopted Corporate Governance Principles and Practices, which includes information regarding the Board’s policies that guide its governance practices, including the roles, responsibilities and composition of the Board, director qualifications, committee matters and stock ownership guidelines, among others.
The Code of Ethics and the Corporate Governance Principles and Practices are available on our website at www.qualcomm.com under the “Governance” section of our “Investor Relations” page.
BOARD LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE
Chair of the Board
The Board appoints the Chair of the Board (Chair) after considering the recommendation of the Governance Committee. The Chair is not required to be an independent director. However, at all times when the Chair is not an independent director, the Board shall have a “Lead Independent Director” who shall be an independent director, as described below. Currently, our Chair is Mark D. McLaughlin, who is an independent director.
The Chair has the following responsibilities and authority:

Help set the overall leadership and strategic direction of the Company.

Help delineate, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board, responsibilities of the Board and management.

Authorized to call special meetings of stockholders.

Preside at all meetings of stockholders.

Authorized to call special meetings of the Board.

Preside at all meetings of the Board (unless conflicted on a matter).

In collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and the Lead Independent Director (if one is appointed), develop Board meeting agendas and communicate with independent Board members to ensure that matters of interest are being included.

If an independent director, chair and set agendas for executive sessions of independent directors (unless conflicted on a matter).

With the Chief Executive Officer, represent the Board in outreach to key constituencies.

Work with the Lead Independent Director (if one is appointed) on investor outreach.

Together with the Lead Independent Director (if one is appointed), represent the Board in interactions and negotiations with any company making an acquisition proposal or proxy contest for control of the Board.

Evaluate the Chief Executive Officer’s performance, in coordination with the HR and Compensation Committee.
Our charter documents and policies do not prevent our Chief Executive Officer from also serving as our Chair. The Board evaluates its leadership structure and elects the Chair based on the criteria it deems to be appropriate and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, given the circumstances at the time of such election. While we have in the past had one person serve as both Chair and Chief Executive Officer, since March 2014, the positions have been held by separate individuals.
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Lead Independent Director
At all times when the Chair of the Board is not an independent director, the Board shall have a Lead Independent Director who shall be an independent director. In the event the Chair is an independent director and the Board elects not to have a Lead Independent Director, the Chair shall have the responsibilities and authority (as applicable) of the Lead Independent Director set forth below. If the Board decides to elect a Lead Independent Director, then at or before each annual meeting of the Board, which follows immediately after each annual meeting of stockholders: (i) the Governance Committee shall recommend to the Board the Director who would serve as Lead Independent Director for the next term and (ii) the Lead Independent Director shall be elected by a vote of the independent members of the Board. An individual shall serve as the Lead Independent Director for a one-year period, commencing with the annual meeting of the Board. In general, the Board expects that a Lead Independent Director will serve two consecutive terms, but the independent members of the Board may extend a Lead Independent Director’s length of service (on a year-by-year basis) up to four consecutive terms. No Lead Independent Director shall serve more than four consecutive terms.
The Lead Independent Director shall have the following responsibilities and authority:

Preside at all meetings of the Board at which the Chair is not present.

In collaboration with the Chair and the Chief Executive Officer, develop agendas for Board meetings, and communicate with independent Board members to ensure that matters of interest are being included on agendas for Board meetings.

Communicate with independent Board members and with management to affirm that appropriate briefing materials are being provided to Board members sufficiently in advance of Board meetings to allow for proper preparation and participation at such meetings.

Authorized, with the concurrence of at least one additional Board member, to call special meetings of the Board.

Lead investor outreach from an independent director perspective.

Together with the Chair, represent the Board in interactions and negotiations with any company making an acquisition proposal or proxy contest for control of the Board.

Lead the Board in governance matters, coordinating with the Governance Committee.
Principally because our current Chair is an independent director, the Board has elected not to fill the role of Lead Independent Director at this time.
BOARD MEETINGS, COMMITTEES AND ATTENDANCE
During fiscal 2021, the Board held 11 meetings. Board agendas include regularly scheduled sessions for the independent directors to meet without management present, and the Chair of the Board leads those sessions. The Board delegates various responsibilities and authority to different Board committees. We have three standing Board committees: the Audit, HR and Compensation, and Governance committees. Committees regularly report on their activities and actions to the full Board. Committee assignments are re-evaluated annually and approved by the Board at the annual meeting of the Board that follows the annual meeting of stockholders, typically in March of each year. Each committee acts according to a written charter approved by the Board and reviewed annually. Copies of each charter can be found on our website at www.qualcomm.com under the “Governance” section of our “Investor Relations” page.
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
The table below provides current committee membership information for each of the Board committees.
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Committees
Audit
HR and
Compensation
Governance
Sylvia Acevedo
Member
Cristiano R. Amon
Mark Fields
Member
Jeffrey W. Henderson
Chair
Gregory N. Johnson
Member
Ann M. Livermore
Member
Harish Manwani
Member
Mark D. McLaughlin*
Jamie S. Miller
Member
Clark T. Randt, Jr.
Chair
Irene B. Rosenfeld
Chair
Kornelis (Neil) Smit
Member
Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Member
Anthony J. Vinciquerra
Member
Number of Committee Meetings Held in Fiscal 2021
10
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The Audit Committee. The Audit Committee meets at least quarterly with our management and independent public accountants to review the results of the annual integrated audit and quarterly reviews of our consolidated financial statements, and to discuss our financial statements, annual and quarterly reports and earnings releases. The Audit Committee selects, engages, oversees and evaluates the qualifications, performance and independence of our independent public accountants (who report directly to the Audit Committee); reviews the plans and results of internal audits; reviews evaluations by management and the independent public accountants of our internal control over financial reporting and the quality of our financial reporting; and oversees our compliance program and our information technology (IT) security/cybersecurity programs and procedures, among other functions. All of the members of the Audit Committee are independent directors within the meaning of Rule 5605 of the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (NASDAQ Rule 5605) and Rule 10A-3(b)(1)(ii) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act). Ms. Miller and Messrs. Henderson and Vinciquerra are audit committee financial experts as defined by the SEC.
The HR and Compensation Committee. The HR and Compensation Committee designs the compensation plans, and determines compensation levels, for our Chief Executive Officer, other executive officers and directors; administers and approves stock offerings under our employee stock purchase and long-term incentive plans; reviews our employee compensation and talent management policies and practices; administers our incentive compensation repayment policy; reviews our policies, programs and initiatives focusing on workforce diversity, equity and inclusion; monitors the effectiveness of strategic initiatives designed to attract, engage, motivate and retain employees (human capital management); and reviews executive officer development and succession planning, among other functions. All of the members of the HR and Compensation Committee are independent directors within the meaning of NASDAQ Rule 5605 and are non-employee directors as defined in Rule 16b-3 of the Exchange Act.
The Governance Committee. The Governance Committee reviews, approves and oversees various corporate governance-related documents, policies and procedures, including our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies, programs and initiatives. The Governance Committee oversees our political contributions and expenditures to ensure consistency with our business objectives and public policy priorities, including reviewing our Political Contributions and Expenditures Policy annually and reviewing reports on our political contributions and expenditures, as well as on our policies and programs concerning corporate citizenship and social responsibility (including charitable giving), no less than annually. The Governance Committee also reviews our stock ownership guidelines and compliance with those guidelines, our Chief Executive Officer succession planning, and our business resilience and IT service resilience programs (including emergency operations, disaster recovery and security). In addition, the Governance Committee evaluates and recommends nominees, including stockholder nominees, for membership on the Board and its committees, among other functions. All of the members of the Governance Committee are independent directors within the meaning of NASDAQ Rule 5605.
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During fiscal 2021, each director attended at least 75% of the aggregate of the meetings of the Board and the committees on which he or she served and that were held during the period for which he or she was a Board or committee member.
BOARD’S ROLE IN RISK OVERSIGHT
We do not view risk in isolation, but consider risk as part of our regular evaluation of business strategy and business decisions. Assessing and managing risk is the responsibility of our management, which establishes and maintains risk management processes, including action plans and controls, to balance risk mitigation and opportunities to create stockholder value. It is management’s responsibility to anticipate, identify and communicate risks to the Board and/or its committees. The Board oversees and reviews certain aspects of our risk management efforts, either directly or through its committees. We approach risk management by integrating our strategic planning, operational decision making and risk oversight, and communicating risks and opportunities to the Board. The Board commits extensive time and effort every year to discussing and agreeing upon our strategic plan, and it reconsiders key elements of the strategic plan as significant events and opportunities arise during the year. As part of the review of the strategic plan, as well as in evaluating events and opportunities that occur during the year, the Board and management focus on the primary success factors and risks for the Company.
While the Board has primary responsibility for oversight of our risk management, the Board’s standing committees support the Board by regularly addressing various risks in their respective areas of oversight. Specifically, the Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to our Enterprise Risk Management program, cybersecurity, as well as risk management in the areas of financial reporting, internal controls and compliance with certain public reporting requirements. The HR and Compensation Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its risk management oversight responsibilities with respect to risks arising from compensation policies and programs, as well as employment and retention programs. The Governance Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its risk management oversight responsibilities with respect to risks related to corporate governance, Chief Executive Officer succession planning, and business resilience and IT service resilience programs. Each of the committee chairs reports to the full Board at regular meetings concerning the activities of the committee, the significant issues it has discussed and the actions taken by the committee.
We believe that our leadership structure supports the risk oversight function of the Board. With our President and Chief Executive Officer serving on the Board, he promotes open communication between management and directors relating to risk. Additionally, each Board committee is comprised solely of independent directors, and all directors are actively involved in the risk oversight function.
DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS
Our Bylaws contain provisions that address the process (including required information and deadlines) by which a stockholder may nominate an individual to stand for election to the Board at our annual meeting of stockholders. In addition, the “proxy access” provisions of our Bylaws provide that, under certain circumstances, a stockholder or group of up to 20 stockholders may seek to include director nominees in our proxy statement if such stockholder or group of stockholders own at least 3% of our outstanding common stock continuously for at least the previous three years. The number of stockholder nominees appearing in the proxy statement for our annual meeting cannot exceed the greater of  (i) two or (ii) 20% of the number of directors in office (rounded down to the nearest whole number). If the number of stockholder nominees exceeds the maximum number described above, one nominee from each nominating stockholder or group of stockholders, based on the order of priority provided by such nominating stockholders or group of stockholders, would be selected for inclusion in our proxy materials until the maximum number is reached. The order of priority among nominating stockholders or groups of stockholders would be determined based on the number (largest to smallest) of shares of our common stock held by such nominating stockholders or groups of stockholders. Each nominating stockholder or group of stockholders must provide the information required by our Bylaws, and each nominee must meet the qualifications required by our Bylaws. Requests to include stockholder-nominated candidates in our proxy materials for next year’s annual meeting must be received by the Corporate Secretary at our corporate offices at 5775 Morehouse Drive, N-585L, San Diego, California 92121-1714, no earlier than August 23, 2022 and no later than the close of business on September 22, 2022. Stockholders are advised to review our Bylaws, which contain additional requirements for submitting director nominees.
The Board has also adopted a formal policy concerning stockholder recommendations of Board candidates to the Governance Committee. This policy is set forth in our Corporate Governance Principles and Practices, which is available on our website at www.qualcomm.com under the “Governance” section of our “Investor Relations” page. Under this policy, the Governance Committee will review a reasonable number of candidates recommended by a single stockholder who has held over 1% of our common stock for over one year and who satisfies the notice, information and consent requirements set forth in our Bylaws. To recommend a nominee for election to the Board, a stockholder must submit his or her recommendation to the Corporate Secretary at our corporate offices at 5775 Morehouse Drive, N-585L, San Diego, California 92121-1714. A stockholder’s recommendation must be received by us within the time limits set forth above under “Stockholder Proposals.” A stockholder’s recommendation must be accompanied by the information with respect to the stockholder nominee as specified in the Bylaws, including among other things,
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the name, age, address and occupation of the recommended person, the proposing stockholder’s name and address, the ownership interests of the proposing stockholder and any beneficial owner on whose behalf the recommendation is being made (including the number of shares beneficially owned, any hedging, derivative, short or other economic interests and any rights to vote any shares), and any material monetary or other relationships between the recommended person and the proposing stockholder and/or the beneficial owners on whose behalf the recommendation is being made. The proposing stockholder must also provide evidence of owning the requisite number of shares of our common stock for over one year. Candidates so recommended will be reviewed using the same process and standards for reviewing Board-recommended candidates.
In evaluating director nominees, the Governance Committee considers, among others, the following factors:

The appropriate size of the Board;

Our needs with respect to the particular talents and experience of our directors;

The knowledge, skills and experience of nominees, including experience in technology, business, finance, administration or public service, in light of prevailing business conditions and the knowledge, skills and experience already possessed by other members of the Board;

Diversity with respect to gender, race and ethnicity, including individuals from underrepresented communities;

Familiarity with national and international business matters;

Experience in political affairs;

Experience with accounting rules and practices;

Appreciation of the relationship of our business to the changing needs of society;

Board tenure, including the desire to balance the considerable benefit of continuity with the periodic injection of the fresh perspectives provided by new members; and

The nominee’s other commitments, including the other boards on which the nominee serves.
The qualifications and criteria considered in the selection of director nominees have the objective of assembling a Board that brings to the Company a reasonable diversity and variety of backgrounds, perspectives, experience and skills derived from high quality business and professional experience, with the Governance Committee also giving consideration to candidates with appropriate non-business backgrounds. As part of its efforts to create a diverse Board, the Governance Committee will include, and instruct any search firm it engages to include, women and individuals from underrepresented communities in the pool of candidates from which the Governance Committee selects director nominees. Recognizing that Board composition may be affected by departures, including from unexpected circumstances, the Board aspires to maintain a diverse composition in which, generally, at least three of its members are women and at least three of its members are from underrepresented communities.
There are no stated minimum criteria for director nominees, although the Governance Committee considers the foregoing and may also consider such other factors as it may deem are in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. The Governance Committee does, however, believe it appropriate for at least one, and preferably several, members of the Board to meet the criteria for an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the SEC, and for a majority of the members of the Board to meet the definition of  “independent director” under NASDAQ Rule 5605. The Governance Committee also believes that it is in the best interests of stockholders that at least one key member of our current management participates as a member of the Board. The Governance Committee identifies nominees by first evaluating the current members of the Board willing to continue their service. Current members of the Board with skills and experience that are relevant to our business and who are willing to continue their service are considered for re-nomination, balancing the value of continuity of service by existing members of the Board with that of obtaining new perspectives. If any member of the Board does not wish to continue to serve or if the Governance Committee or the Board decides not to re-nominate a member for election, and if the Board determines not to reduce the Board size as a result, the Governance Committee identifies the desired skills and experience of a new nominee based on the criteria above. Current members of the Governance Committee and Board are polled for suggestions as to individuals meeting the criteria of the Governance Committee. Research may also be performed to identify qualified individuals. We have also engaged third parties to assist in identifying and evaluating potential nominees.
MAJORITY VOTING
Under our Bylaws, in an uncontested election, if any incumbent nominee for director receives a greater number of  “withhold” votes (ignoring abstentions and broker non-votes) than votes cast “for” his or her election, the director shall promptly tender his or her resignation from the Board, subject to acceptance by the Board. In that event, the Governance Committee shall make a recommendation to the Board as to whether to accept or reject the tendered resignation or whether other actions should be taken. In making its recommendation, the Governance Committee will consider all factors it deems relevant, including, without limitation,
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the stated reasons why stockholders withheld votes from such director, the length of service and qualifications of such director, the director’s past contributions to us and the availability of other qualified candidates for director. The Governance Committee’s evaluation shall be forwarded to the Board to permit the Board to act on it no later than 90 days following the date of the annual meeting of stockholders. In reviewing the Governance Committee’s recommendation, the Board shall consider the factors evaluated by the Governance Committee and such additional information and factors as the Board believes to be relevant. If the Board determines that the director’s resignation is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, the Board shall promptly accept the resignation. We will publicly disclose the Board’s decision within four business days in a Current Report on Form 8-K, providing an explanation of the process by which the decision was reached and, if applicable, the reasons for not accepting the director’s resignation. The director in question will not participate in the Governance Committee’s or the Board’s considerations of the appropriateness of his or her continued service, except to respond to requests for information.
STOCK OWNERSHIP GUIDELINES
We have stock ownership guidelines for our executive officers and non-employee directors to help ensure that they each maintain an equity stake in the Company and, by doing so, appropriately link their interests with those of other stockholders.
The guideline for our executive officers is based on a multiple of his or her base salary, ranging from two to ten times, with the size of the multiple based on the individual’s position with the Company. Our CEO is required to hold shares of our common stock with a value equal to at least ten times his base salary. Only shares actually owned count toward the requirement. Shares underlying unvested equity awards, including restricted stock units (RSUs) and performance stock units (PSUs), do not count toward the requirement. Executive officers are required to achieve these stock ownership levels within five years of becoming an executive officer or promotion to a position with a higher multiple requirement. Our stock ownership guidelines are applicable to our executive officers for so long as they serve as such. As of December 7, 2021, all of our named executive officers met their stock ownership guidelines except for Heather Ace, Chief Human Resources Officer, who is not required to meet her stock ownership guideline until March 2025.
Non-employee directors are required to hold a number of shares of our common stock with a value equal to at least five times the annual retainer for Board service paid to U.S. residents. Only shares actually owned (as shares or as vested deferred stock units) count toward the requirement. Non-employee directors are required to achieve this ownership level within five years of joining the Board. In addition to the preceding ownership guidelines, all non-employee directors are expected to own shares of our common stock within one year of joining the Board. As of December 7, 2021, all of our non-employee directors met the guidelines discussed above.
In the event an executive officer or non-employee director does not achieve the applicable stock ownership guideline by the applicable deadline, he or she is required to retain an amount equal to 100% of the net shares received upon issuance of any restricted stock units or deferred stock units until the guideline has been achieved and 50% of the net shares received upon issuance of any other equity award, or upon stock option exercise, until the applicable guideline has been achieved. “Net shares” are those shares that remain after shares are sold or netted to pay any withholding taxes and, in the case of stock options, the exercise price. This requirement to retain all or a portion of net shares also applies in the event the Company’s common stock price declines, causing the individual’s previous ownership to fall short of the guideline.
The Governance Committee reviews our stock ownership guidelines, including compared to the peer group of companies used by the HR and Compensation Committee in connection with our executive compensation program, as well as compliance with those guidelines, annually.
COMMUNICATIONS WITH DIRECTORS
We have adopted a formal process for stockholder communications with the Board. This process is also set forth in our Corporate Governance Principles and Practices. Stockholders who wish to communicate to the Board should do so in writing to the following address:
Board of Directors | Board Committee | Director(s)
Qualcomm Incorporated
Attn: General Counsel
5775 Morehouse Drive, N-585L
San Diego, California 92121-1714
Our General Counsel maintains records of all such communications (and the disposition of such communications) and forwards those not deemed frivolous, threatening or otherwise inappropriate to the Board, or the appropriate Board committee or member(s) of the Board.
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ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDANCE
Our Corporate Governance Principles and Practices set forth a policy on director attendance at annual meetings. Directors are encouraged to attend absent unavoidable conflicts. All directors then in office attended our last annual meeting.
DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE
The Board has determined that, except for Mr. Amon, all of the members of the Board are independent directors within the meaning of NASDAQ Rule 5605.
EMPLOYEE, OFFICER AND DIRECTOR HEDGING AND PLEDGING
Our Insider Trading Policy (Policy) provides that our employees, officers, directors and consultants, as well as persons or entities over which such individuals have or share voting or investment control (collectively, Covered Persons), may not engage in hedging transactions in Qualcomm securities. Specifically, the Policy provides that Covered Persons may not purchase financial instruments (including prepaid variable forward contracts, equity swaps, collars or exchange funds), or otherwise engage in transactions, that hedge or offset, or are designed to hedge or offset, any decrease in the market value of Qualcomm securities. The Policy applies to Qualcomm securities granted to Covered Persons as part of their compensation, and to any other Qualcomm securities held directly or indirectly by Covered Persons.
In addition, the Policy provides that Covered Persons may not engage in short sales or derivative transactions in Qualcomm securities (whether for purposes of hedging, income, monetization or otherwise); and our officers, directors and certain other employees designated as “affiliates” may not pledge Qualcomm securities or hold Qualcomm securities in a margin account.
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (ESG)
For decades, our innovations have helped transform industries, enhance people’s lives and address some of society’s biggest challenges. With the world becoming increasingly connected, we have a tremendous opportunity to shape a better future. We believe in the power of technology. As such, our corporate responsibility vision is to be a facilitator of innovation for a sustainable world, connected wirelessly.
We have integrated corporate responsibility throughout our business, from our daily operations to our executive leadership and our Board. The Governance Committee provides oversight on corporate responsibility matters, including ESG policies, programs and initiatives, and the HR and Compensation Committee provides oversight on our workforce diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives. Our Corporate Responsibility Leadership Committee, composed of executives and senior management, provides guidance on global corporate responsibility issues. Our Corporate Responsibility Governance Committee implements directives from the Corporate Responsibility Leadership Committee, measures progress on achieving our goals, and reports to management on accomplishments and challenges.
Our sustained investment in R&D has helped revolutionize the way people connect; our approach to innovation is strategic and purposeful. We understand that the success of our business is fundamentally connected to the well-being of our world. We focus our efforts in four key areas where we believe we can have the biggest impact:

Purposeful Innovation. We invent breakthrough technologies by building on our legacy of technology leadership with 5G, which we believe will serve as the technological foundation for connected cars, industrial IoT, smart homes and cities, networking and mobility, among others. Our 5G technology advancements are helping transform industries, like telemedicine and remote education, and driving efficiencies with always-connected devices. We believe that 5G can also help manage and improve the sustainability trajectory of our planet in key areas such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water use, reduction of pesticides and energy efficiency, while providing an inherently lower CO2 footprint than previous network deployments. Through our Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ program (Wireless Reach), we work to broaden our impact by bringing advanced wireless technologies to underserved communities around the world. Further, through the Qualcomm Small Business Accelerator Program, we have provided technology and support to U.S.-based small businesses in various industries to help them transition to a mobile-first remote work environment.

Our People. We strive to make Qualcomm an inspiring and inclusive workplace to advance the development of leading-edge technologies. Our success is only possible with the hard work and dedication of our employees. We celebrate diversity among our workforce and recognize that our varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas are critical to innovation. We seek to foster inclusive teams and educate and train employees and leaders on the importance of driving diversity. We also engage our global workforce through giving and outreach efforts to support and enrich the communities where we live and work.
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STEM Education. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is the foundation for everything we do. It supports the brainpower behind the breakthrough technologies and inventions we bring to life. As technology leaders and a company of inventors, we are committed to providing tomorrow’s workforce with the skills and knowledge to solve global challenges. Our initiatives are designed to promote and improve STEM education and to expand opportunities for underrepresented students.

Responsible Business. We strive to integrate responsible and sustainable practices throughout our organization. We continually look for ways to conserve water, minimize energy consumption, lower emissions and reduce waste. We prioritize transparency in our actions and reporting, including reporting on our ESG risks and opportunities using the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) frameworks in our Qualcomm Corporate Responsibility Report (located on our website). Because privacy and cybersecurity are critical for success in the wireless industry, we seek to promote data protection across the mobile ecosystem. Further, we are committed to respecting all internationally recognized human rights and avoiding complicity in any human rights abuse, upholding adherence to our Supplier Code of Conduct in our extended supply chain, being a global leader in ethical business conduct and engaging in discussions to advocate for policies that promote innovation as well as protect and foster new ideas in mobile communications.
2025 Goals. In addition to the human capital goals discussed below, our 2025 Goals related to corporate responsibility include, among others:

Reduce our absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 30% from global operations, compared to a 2014 baseline.

Reduce power consumption by 10% every year in our flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform products (given equivalent features).

Ensure 100% of our primary semiconductor manufacturing suppliers are audited every two years for conformance to our Supplier Code of Conduct.
Net-Zero Global GHG Emissions Commitment. In addition to our 2025 Goals, in November 2021, we announced plans to: (1) reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 global GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2020 base year; (2) reduce absolute Scope 3 global GHG emissions by 25% by 2030 from 2020 base year; and (3) reach net-zero global GHG emissions for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2040.
The foregoing discussion includes information regarding ESG matters that we believe may be of interest to our stockholders generally. We recognize that certain other stakeholders (such as customers, employees and non-governmental organizations), as well as certain of our stockholders, may be interested in more detailed information on these topics. We encourage you to review our most recent Qualcomm Corporate Responsibility Report (located on our website) for more detailed information regarding our Corporate Responsibility and ESG governance, goals, priorities, accomplishments and initiatives; a 5G and sustainability report, Environmental Sustainability and a Greener Economy: The Transformative Role of 5G (also located on our website) for additional information regarding our views on climate change, environmental sustainability and the role of 5G in enabling a more sustainable future; as well as the “Corporate Governance” section of this proxy statement, and our Corporate Governance Principles and Practices (located on our website), for additional information regarding governance matters, including Board and Committee leadership, oversight, roles and responsibilities, and Director independence, tenure, refreshment and diversity. Nothing on our website, including the aforementioned reports, documents or sections thereof, shall be deemed incorporated by reference into this proxy statement.
HUMAN CAPITAL
In order to continue to produce the innovative, breakthrough technologies for which we are known, it is crucial that we continue to attract and retain top talent. To facilitate talent attraction and retention, we strive to make Qualcomm a diverse, inclusive and safe workplace, with opportunities for our employees to grow and develop in their careers, supported by strong compensation, benefits and health and wellness programs and by programs that build connections between our employees and their communities.
At September 26, 2021, we had approximately 45,000 full-time, part-time and temporary employees, the overwhelming majority of which were full-time employees. During fiscal 2021, the number of employees increased by approximately 4,000, primarily due to increases in engineering resources. Our employees are represented by more than 100 self-identified nationalities working in over 150 locations in 33 different countries around the world. Collectively, we speak more than 90 different languages. Our global workforce is highly educated, with the substantial majority of our employees working in engineering or technical roles (many of whom help develop foundational technologies for both our QCT semiconductor business and our QTL licensing business). During fiscal 2021, our voluntary turnover rate was less than 7%, below the technology industry benchmark, which is comprised of certain of our key competitors (Aon, 2021 Salary Increase and Turnover Study – Second Edition, September 2021).
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Diversity and Inclusion. We believe that a diverse workforce is critical to our success, and we continue to focus on the hiring, retention and advancement of women and underrepresented populations. Our recent efforts have been focused in three areas: inspiring innovation through an inclusive and diverse culture; expanding our efforts to recruit and hire world-class diverse talent; and identifying strategic partners to accelerate our inclusion and diversity programs.
We have employee networks that enhance our inclusive and diverse culture, including global network groups focused on supporting women, LGBTQ+ employees and employees with disabilities, in addition to U.S.-based employee networks that focus on Black and African American employees, Hispanic and Latinx employees and U.S. military members and veterans.
We continue to recruit technical talent in diverse communities, including by engaging as a high-level sponsor of professional conferences such as the Grace Hopper Celebration, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Convention and the National Society of Black Engineers National Convention. We also continue to recruit from a variety of colleges including Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Women’s Colleges.
Our continued engagement with organizations that work with diverse communities has been vital to our efforts to increase women and minority representation in our workforce. For example, we partner with AnitaB.org to benchmark our progress and identify promising practices for recruiting, retaining and advancing women technologists and support its research initiatives related to attracting and retaining women and underrepresented minority students in computing majors. We, alongside other top technology companies, helped form the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, which aims to double the number of Black, Latinx and Native American women receiving computing degrees by 2025. In collaboration with the National Foundation for Autism Research, we started an internship program to welcome those with autism into our Company. Through our collaboration with Disability:IN’s Inclusion Works program, we have increased our ability to address the needs of individuals with disabilities.
We publish our most recent Consolidated EEO-1 reports on our website to provide additional transparency into our efforts to increase underrepresented populations in our workforce.
From a governance perspective, the HR and Compensation Committee, through its charter, provides oversight of our policies, programs and initiatives focusing on workforce diversity and inclusion.
Health, Safety and Wellness. The success of our business is fundamentally connected to the well-being of our people. Accordingly, we are committed to the health, safety and wellness of our employees. We provide our employees and their families with access to a variety of innovative, flexible and convenient health and wellness programs, including benefits that provide protection and security concerning events that may require time away from work or that impact their financial well-being; that support their physical and mental health by providing tools and resources to help them improve or maintain their health status and encourage engagement in healthy behaviors; and that offer choice where possible so they can customize their benefits to meet their needs and the needs of their families.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, we implemented significant changes that we determined were in the best interest of our employees, as well as the communities in which we operate, and which comply with government regulations. This included having the vast majority of our employees work from home, while implementing additional safety measures for employees continuing critical on-site work. We introduced our Live+Well, Work+Well program, designed to help cultivate a productive work environment, while also focusing on our employees’ well-being. We have commenced a phased approach to returning our employees onsite, which included modifications to certain of our existing office locations as we adapt to a hybrid work environment that provides flexibility, while maintaining our strong culture of innovation, collaboration, openness and camaraderie, in addition to a safe working environment for our employees. We continue to monitor the state of the pandemic and gather additional feedback during the reopening of our offices to ensure the continued health, safety and wellness of our employees working onsite.
Compensation and Benefits. We provide robust compensation and benefits programs to help meet the needs of our employees. In addition to salaries, these programs (which vary by country/region) include annual bonuses, stock awards, an employee stock purchase plan, a 401(k) plan, healthcare and insurance benefits, health savings and flexible spending accounts, paid time off, family leave, family care resources, flexible work schedules, adoption and surrogacy assistance, employee assistance programs, tuition assistance and on-site services, such as health centers and fitness centers, among many others. In addition to our broad-based equity award programs, we have used targeted equity-based grants with vesting conditions to facilitate retention of personnel, particularly those with critical engineering skills and experience.
Talent Development. We invest significant resources to develop the talent needed to remain a world-leading wireless innovator. We deliver numerous training opportunities, provide rotational assignment opportunities, have expanded our focus on continuous learning and development, and implemented industry-leading methodologies to manage performance, provide feedback and develop talent.
Our talent development programs provide employees with the resources they need to help achieve their career goals, build management skills and lead their organizations. We provide a series of employee workshops around the globe that support professional growth and development. Additionally, our manager and employee forum programs provide an ongoing opportunity
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for employees to practice and apply learning around conversations aligned with our annual review process. We also have an employee development website that provides quick access to learning resources that are personalized to the individual’s development needs.
Building Connections – With Each Other and our Communities. We believe that building connections between our employees, their families and our communities creates a more meaningful, fulfilling and enjoyable workplace. Through our engagement programs, our employees can pursue their interests and hobbies, connect to volunteering and giving opportunities and enjoy unique recreational experiences with family members. Leveraging our partnerships with various local arts and culture organizations, we have created numerous unique experiences for employees and their families around the world.
Since our employees are passionate about many causes, our corporate giving and volunteering programs support and encourage employees by engaging with those causes. In our offices around the world, our employee-led Giving Committees select local organizations to support, often in the form of grants that are primarily funded by the Qualcomm Foundation (which was established in 2011 to support charitable giving and volunteerism). We also frequently collaborate with these organizations on volunteer activities for our employees. Additionally, during fiscal 2021, thousands of our employees around the world utilized our charitable match program, benefiting more than 1,600 charitable organizations.
2025 Goals. We set the following 2025 Goals related to human capital, with a focus on diversity and inclusion:

Increase women in leadership by 15% (defined as individuals at the principal and above level in technical roles, and director and above in non-technical roles).

Increase underrepresented minorities (URM) in leadership by 15% (for technical positions, “URM” includes Black, Latinx, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Native American; for non-technical positions, URM also includes Asian).

Increase overall URM representation by 20%.
Human Capital Advancements Added to our Executive Compensation. As discussed in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement, our HR and Compensation Committee allocated 10% of our executives’ fiscal 2021 bonus to be based upon human capital advancements. The HR and Compensation Committee then adopted a framework for human capital advancements to include advancement of our 2025 diversity and inclusion goals, workforce stability and responsiveness to COVID-19.
The foregoing discussion includes information regarding Human Capital matters that we believe may be of interest to stockholders generally. We recognize that certain other stakeholders (such as customers, employees and non-governmental organizations), as well as certain of our stockholders, may be interested in more detailed information on these topics. We encourage you to review the “Our People” section of our most recent Qualcomm Corporate Responsibility Report (located on our website) for more detailed information regarding our Human Capital goals, programs and initiatives. Nothing on our website, including our Consolidated EEO-1 reports, our Qualcomm Corporate Responsibility Report or sections thereof, shall be deemed incorporated by reference into this proxy statement.
MANAGEMENT’S ONGOING STOCKHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Our senior management team engages extensively with our stockholders, on a regular basis, as part of our commitment to excellence in corporate governance. Over the past year, as in prior years, our management team engaged in consistent post-earnings communications with our stockholders and hosted a significant number of events (nearly all of which were held virtually), including one-on-one and group meetings, calls, roadshows, bus tours and conferences, all in compliance with relevant SEC regulations and applicable health and safety guidelines. We engaged in robust dialogue with hundreds of our stockholders, including all of our largest stockholders, on a broad range of subjects, including our business, strategy and financial performance. Further, our Investor Relations team held numerous discussions with our global stockholder base, performed significant outreach via major industry conferences – including hosting our Investor Day in November 2021, and responded to numerous stockholder questions and inquiries. The multi-faceted nature of our management’s stockholder engagement program allows us to maintain meaningful dialogue with a broad range of our stockholders, including large institutional investors, smaller to mid-size institutions, pension funds and individuals.
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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Our Certificate of Incorporation and our Bylaws provide that directors are to be elected at our annual meeting of stockholders, to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Vacancies on the Board resulting from death, resignation, disqualification, removal or other causes may be filled by either the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the then-outstanding shares of common stock or by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors then in office, even if less than a quorum of the Board. Newly created directorships resulting from any increase in the number of directors may, unless the Board determines otherwise, be filled only by the affirmative vote of the directors then in office, even if less than a quorum of the Board. Any director elected as a result of a vacancy shall hold office for a term expiring at the next annual meeting of stockholders and until such director’s successor has been elected and qualified.
In an uncontested election, our Bylaws provide that a director nominee will be elected only if he or she receives a majority of the votes cast with respect to his or her election (that is, the number of shares voted “for” a director nominee must exceed the number of  “withhold” votes cast against that nominee). In a contested election, a director nominee will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast. In either case, abstentions and broker non-votes will each be counted as present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum but will have no effect on the vote. In an uncontested election, if any nominee for director who is currently serving on the Board receives a greater number of  “withhold” votes than votes “for” his or her election, the director shall promptly tender his or her resignation from the Board, subject to acceptance by the Board. The process that will be followed by the Board in that event is described above under the heading “Majority Voting.”
Our Certificate of Incorporation provides that the number of directors shall be fixed exclusively by resolutions adopted from time to time by the Board. Harish Manwani and Clark T. Randt, Jr. will conclude their service as directors at the Annual Meeting. The Board, upon recommendation of the Governance Committee, has set the number of directors at 12, effective as of the time stockholders vote on the election of directors at the Annual Meeting. Therefore, 12 directors will stand for election at the Annual Meeting to serve as directors until the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders. The Board, upon recommendation of the Governance Committee, has nominated the individuals below for election as directors at the Annual Meeting.
The nominees receiving a majority of votes cast with respect to his or her election will be elected directors of the Company. Shares of common stock represented by executed proxies will be voted, if authority to do so is not withheld, for the election of the 12 nominees named below. Each person nominated for election has agreed to serve, if elected, and the Board has no reason to believe that any nominee will be unable to serve.
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SYLVIA ACEVEDO
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 64
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2020
COMMITTEES: Governance
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS: None
EXPERIENCE:
Ms. Acevedo served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a national leadership development organization for girls, from May 2017 to August 2020 and as interim Chief Executive Officer from June 2016 to May 2017. Ms. Acevedo served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics from May 2011 to September 2016. She was Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of CommuniCard LLC from 2003 to 2013 and Co-Founder and Vice President, Sales and Marketing of REBA Technologies Inc. (acquired by Applied Microsystems Corporation) from 2001 to 2002. Prior to that, Ms. Acevedo held various roles at Dell Inc., Autodesk, Inc., Apple Inc., IBM Corporation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Labs.
EDUCATION:
Ms. Acevedo holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Ms. Acevedo’s qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive experience in a range of technology companies, including large and mature organizations and emerging growth companies, as well as her senior management experience in the government and non-profit sectors, which brings additional perspectives and valuable additional insights to our Board. Our Board and senior management also benefit from Ms. Acevedo’s experience managing international business operations.
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CRISTIANO R. AMON
AGE: 51
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2021
COMMITTEES: None
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS: None
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. Amon has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director since June 2021. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer-elect from January 2021 to June 2021 and as President from January 2018 to January 2021. He served as Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and President, QCT, from November 2015 to January 2018. He served as Executive Vice President, QTI and Co-President, QCT from October 2012 to November 2015, Senior Vice President and Co-President, QCT from June 2012 to October 2012 and as Senior Vice President, QCT Product Management from October 2007 to June 2012, with responsibility for our product roadmap, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms. Mr. Amon joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and throughout his tenure at Qualcomm has held several other technical and leadership positions.
EDUCATION:
Mr. Amon holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate from UNICAMP, the State University of Campinas, Brazil.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. Amon’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive business, operational and management experience in the wireless telecommunications industry, including his current position as our Chief Executive Officer. His extensive knowledge of our business, products, strategic relationships and opportunities, as well as the rapidly evolving technologies and competitive environment in our industry, bring valuable insights and knowledge to our Board.
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MARK FIELDS
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 60
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2018
COMMITTEES: Audit
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS:
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (since June 2021)
TPG Pace Beneficial II Corp. (since April 2021)
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. Fields has been Interim Chief Executive Officer of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., which operates the Hertz, Thrifty and Dollar rental car brands, since October 2021. He has been.a Senior Advisor at TPG Capital LP, a global alternative asset firm, since October 2017. Mr. Fields was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, a global automotive company, from July 2014 to May 2017, and Chief Operating Officer from December 2012 to July 2014. Mr. Fields joined Ford in 1989 and served in various leadership positions throughout his tenure, including Executive Vice President and President, Americas; Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Premier Automotive Group; and President and Chief Executive Officer, Mazda Motor Corporation. Mr. Fields previously served as a director of TPG Pace Solutions Corp. from April 2021 to December 2021, IBM Corporation from March 2016 to April 2018, and Ford Motor Company from July 2014 to May 2017.
EDUCATION:
Mr. Fields holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. Fields’ qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive operational experience in senior positions in the automotive industry, a key growth area for us, including leading complex global business organizations with large workforces and organizations pursuing emerging opportunities through expansion into adjacent areas, which brings valuable insights to our Board as well as provides a useful resource to our senior management. Our Board and senior management also benefit from Mr. Fields’ experience from serving on other public company boards.
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JEFFREY W. HENDERSON
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 57
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2016
COMMITTEES: Audit (Chair)
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS:
Becton, Dickinson and Company (since August 2018)
Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (since August 2015)
FibroGen, Inc. (since August 2015)
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. Henderson has been President of JWH Consulting LLC, a business and investment advisory firm, since January 2018. He served as an Advisory Director to Berkshire Partners LLC, a private equity firm, from September 2015 to December 2019. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Cardinal Health Inc. from May 2005 to November 2014. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Mr. Henderson held multiple positions at Eli Lilly and General Motors, including serving as President and General Manager of Eli Lilly Canada, Controller and Treasurer of Eli Lilly Inc., and in management positions with General Motors in Great Britain, Singapore, Canada and the U.S.
EDUCATION:
Mr. Henderson holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. Henderson’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his financial and operational management experience, including his significant experience in international operations, which is a source of valuable insights to our Board. His experience in senior operational and financial management positions at companies that experienced significant growth and transformation, including into additional business areas, also provides a useful resource to our senior management. Our Board and senior management also benefit from Mr. Henderson’s experience from serving on other public company boards. He has been designated as an audit committee financial expert.
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GREGORY N. JOHNSON
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 53
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2020
COMMITTEES: HR and Compensation
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS: None
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. Johnson has been Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Group of Intuit Inc., a global technology platform company, since August 2018. He served as Senior Vice President, Marketing, Consumer Tax Group of Intuit from December 2012 to July 2018. Prior to Intuit, Mr. Johnson held various marketing positions at Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Best Buy Co., Inc., The Gillette Company, Eastman Kodak Company, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Motorola, Inc. and Kraft Foods, Inc. He also served in the United States Air Force.
EDUCATION:
Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. Johnson’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his broad executive management experience in several large companies competing in a range of industries, including the technology industry, which brings additional perspectives and insights to our Board. Our Board and senior management also benefit from Mr. Johnson’s wide range of operational experience, including in marketing, strategy and business development.
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ANN M. LIVERMORE
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 63
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2016
COMMITTEES: Governance
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS:
Samsara Inc. (since June 2021)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (since November 2015)
United Parcel Service, Inc. (since November 1997)
EXPERIENCE:
Ms. Livermore served as Executive Vice President of the Enterprise Business at Hewlett-Packard Company, an information technology company, from May 2004 to June 2011 and as Executive Vice President of HP Services from 2002 to May 2004. She joined HP in 1982 and served in a number of management and leadership positions across the company. Ms. Livermore previously served as a director of Hewlett-Packard Company from June 2011 to November 2015.
EDUCATION:
Ms. Livermore holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Ms. Livermore’s qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive operational experience in senior positions, including leading complex global business organizations with large workforces. Her significant experience in the areas of technology, marketing, sales, research and development and business management provide valuable insights to our Board and also provide useful resources to our senior management. Our Board and senior management also benefit from Ms. Livermore’s experience from serving on other public company boards.
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MARK D. McLAUGHLIN
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 56
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2015
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS:
Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (since August 2011)
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. McLaughlin has been the Vice Chairman of the Board of Palo Alto Networks, Inc., a network security company, since June 2018. He served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Palo Alto Networks from August 2016 to June 2018 and as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer from April 2012 to August 2016. He joined Palo Alto Networks as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a director, in August 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in April 2012. Mr. McLaughlin served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of VeriSign, Inc. from August 2009 to August 2011 and as President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2009 to August 2009. Mr. McLaughlin served in various other management and leadership roles at VeriSign from February 2000 through November 2007 and provided consulting services to VeriSign from November 2008 to January 2009. Prior to joining VeriSign, Mr. McLaughlin was Vice President, Sales and Business Development at Signio Inc., a company acquired by VeriSign in February 2000. President Barack Obama appointed Mr. McLaughlin to serve on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in January 2011 and to the position of Chairman of the NSTAC from November 2014 to December 2016.
EDUCATION:
Mr. McLaughlin holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. McLaughlin’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his operational and management experience at several technology companies. Mr. McLaughlin’s service on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, as well as his experience as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of a network security company, provide him with significant knowledge regarding the operations and security of telecommunications systems and cybersecurity matters, which bring valuable insights to our Board.
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JAMIE S. MILLER
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 53
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2020
COMMITTEES: Audit
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS: None
EXPERIENCE:
Ms. Miller has been the Chief Financial Officer of Cargill, Incorporated, a global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company, since June 2021. Ms. Miller served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Electric Company (GE), a multinational power, renewable energy, aviation and healthcare company, from November 2017 to February 2020. Ms. Miller served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Transportation from October 2015 to November 2017, as Chief Information Officer of GE from April 2013 to October 2015, and as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of GE from April 2008 to April 2013. Prior to joining GE in 2008, she served as Senior Vice President and Controller of WellPoint, Inc. (now Anthem), and as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
EDUCATION:
Ms. Miller holds a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Ms. Miller’s qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive financial and operational management expertise, including her significant experience in accounting and finance matters, which is a source of valuable insights to our Board. Her experience in senior operational and financial management positions at large organizations undergoing transformation also provides a useful resource to our senior management. She has been designated as an audit committee financial expert.
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IRENE B. ROSENFELD
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 68
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2018
COMMITTEES: HR and Compensation (Chair)
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS: None
EXPERIENCE:
Ms. Rosenfeld served as Chair of Mondelēz International, Inc., a global snack food and beverage company (which changed its name from Kraft Foods, Inc. in October 2012), from November 2017 to March 2018, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from March 2007 to November 2017 and as Chief Executive Officer and a director from June 2006 to March 2007. Prior to that, she served as Chairman and CEO of Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., from September 2004 to June 2006. Ms. Rosenfeld was employed continuously by Mondelēz International and its predecessor companies, in various capacities from 1981 to 2003, including President, Kraft Foods North America; President, Kraft Foods Operations, Technology & Information Systems; and President, Kraft Foods Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
EDUCATION:
Ms. Rosenfeld holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Business and a Ph.D. in Marketing & Statistics from Cornell University.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Ms. Rosenfeld’s qualifications to serve on our Board include her extensive management experience, including experience in international operations, which is a source of important insights to our Board and provides a useful resource to our senior management. Her experience with corporate governance matters and service on other public company boards also provide valuable insights to our Board.
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KORNELIS (NEIL) SMIT
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 63
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2018
COMMITTEES: HR and Compensation
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS: None
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. Smit served as Vice Chairman of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company, from April 2017 to December 2021. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, from November 2011 to April 2017 and President from March 2010 to November 2011. Before joining Comcast, Mr. Smit was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Charter Communications, Inc. from August 2005 to March 2010. Prior to joining Charter Communications, Mr. Smit was President of AOL Access (AOL/Time Warner) and held various leadership positions at Nabisco and Pillsbury.
EDUCATION:
Mr. Smit holds a B.S. in Geology from Duke University and an M.A. in International Business from Tufts University-Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. Smit’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive management experience at media and technology companies, which is a source of valuable insights to our Board. His experience in senior operational positions also provides a useful resource for our senior management. He has been designated as an audit committee financial expert.
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JEAN-PASCAL TRICOIRE
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 58
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2020
COMMITTEES: Governance
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS:
Schneider Electric SE (since April 2013)
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. Tricoire has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Electric SE, a global energy and automation digital solutions company, since April 2013. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Electric from May 2006 to April 2013, as Chief Operating Officer from January 2004 to May 2006 and as Executive Vice-President of Schneider Electric’s International Division from January 2002 to January 2004. Mr. Tricoire joined the Schneider Electric Group in 1986 and held numerous leadership positions throughout his tenure, including operational functions in China, Italy, South Africa and the United States. He is currently Co-President of the France-China Business Committee and Director of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact.
EDUCATION:
Mr. Tricoire holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from École Supérieure d’Électronique de l’Ouest in France and an M.B.A. from Centre d’études Supérieures du Management à Lyon (EM Lyon) in France.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. Tricoire’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his extensive executive management experience both in the technology industry and in large organizations, including those addressing changing technologies and applications. His broad experience in international operations also provides a useful resource to our senior management. In addition, Mr. Tricoire brings a non-US perspective to issues facing us, enhancing the range of perspectives and understanding of our Board.
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ANTHONY J. VINCIQUERRA
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
AGE: 67
DIRECTOR SINCE: 2015
COMMITTEES: Audit
OTHER PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS:
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (since April 2020)
EXPERIENCE:
Mr. Vinciquerra has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Corporation’s television and film division, and a Senior Executive Vice President of Sony Group Corporation, since June 2017. He was a Senior Advisor to Texas Pacific Group, a private equity firm, in the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors, where he advised on acquisitions and operations, from September 2011 to June 2017. Mr. Vinciquerra was Chairman of Fox Networks Group, the largest operating unit of News Corporation, from September 2008 to February 2011, and President and Chief Executive Officer from June 2002 to February 2011. Earlier in his career, he held various management positions in the broadcasting and media industry. He previously served as a director of Pandora Media, Inc. from March 2016 to June 2017.
EDUCATION:
Mr. Vinciquerra holds a B.A. in Marketing from the State University of New York.
QUALIFICATIONS:
We believe Mr. Vinciquerra’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his management experience, including significant experience in operations, which is a source of important insights to our Board, as well as providing a useful resource to our senior management. His prior media industry experience is especially valuable with the convergence of the Internet, wireless, media and computing industries. Our Board and senior management also benefit from Mr. Vinciquerra’s experience from serving on other public company boards. He has been designated as an audit committee financial expert.
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REQUIRED VOTE AND BOARD RECOMMENDATION
The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting at which a quorum is present, either in person or by proxy, is required to elect each of the 12 nominees for director, meaning that the number of shares cast “for” a nominee’s election exceeds the number of  “withhold” votes cast against that nominee. If you hold your shares in your own name and abstain from voting on this matter, your abstention will have no effect on the vote. If you hold your shares through a bank, broker or other holder of record and you do not instruct them on how to vote for each of the 12 nominees, they will not have the authority to vote your shares. Abstentions and broker non-votes will each be counted as present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum but will not have any effect on the outcome of the vote.
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE ELECTION OF EACH OF THE ABOVE DIRECTOR NOMINEES.
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PROPOSAL 2: RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
The Audit Committee has selected PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent public accountants for our fiscal year ending September 25, 2022, and the Board has directed that this selection be submitted for ratification by the stockholders at the Annual Meeting. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has audited our consolidated financial statements since we commenced operations in 1985.
The Audit Committee has evaluated PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s qualifications, performance and independence, including that of the lead audit partner. This evaluation was conducted with input from senior management.
Stockholder ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent public accountants is not required by our Bylaws or otherwise. However, the Board is submitting the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to stockholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate governance. If stockholders fail to ratify the selection, the Audit Committee will reconsider whether or not to retain PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Even if the selection is ratified, the Audit Committee in its discretion may appoint different independent public accountants at any time if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
FEES FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
The following table presents fees for professional services rendered by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP during our fiscal years ended September 26, 2021 and September 27, 2020 for the audits of our annual consolidated financial statements and fees for other services. All of the services described in the following table were approved in conformity with the Audit Committee’s pre-approval process described below.
Fiscal 2021
Fiscal 2020
Audit fees (1)
$ 9,167,000 $ 9,485,000
Audit-related fees (2)
1,941,000 1,952,000
Tax fees (3)
429,000 7,000
All other fees (4)
21,000 11,000
Total
$ 11,558,000 $ 11,455,000
(1)
Audit fees consist of fees billed or expected to be billed for professional services rendered for the audit of our annual consolidated financial statements and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting, the reviews of our interim condensed consolidated financial statements included in our quarterly reports, and audits of certain of our subsidiaries for statutory, regulatory and other purposes, for the current fiscal year.
(2)
Audit-related fees consist of fees for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or reviews of our consolidated financial statements and the Qualcomm Incorporated Employee Savings and Retirement Plan financial statements and supplemental schedules, and are not reported under “audit fees.” This category includes fees principally related to field verification of royalties from certain licensees.
(3)
Tax fees consist of permissible non-audit services related to global tax compliance, transfer pricing, audit defense and general tax consulting service.
(4)
All other fees consist of fees for technical publications purchased from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
POLICY ON AUDIT COMMITTEE PRE-APPROVAL OF AUDIT AND NON-AUDIT SERVICES OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
The Audit Committee’s policy is to pre-approve all audit and non-audit services provided by our independent public accountants. These services may include audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services. Pre-approval is generally provided for up to one year, and any pre-approval is detailed as to the nature of the particular service or category of services and an estimated fee. The Audit Committee has delegated certain pre-approval authority to its Chair when expedition of approval is necessary, and such approval is reported to the Audit Committee at its next meeting. Our independent public accountants and management periodically report to the Audit Committee regarding the extent of services provided by the independent public accountants and the fees for the services performed to date.
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REPRESENTATION FROM PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AT THE ANNUAL MEETING
Representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting, will have an opportunity to make a statement if they so desire and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.
REQUIRED VOTE AND BOARD RECOMMENDATION
The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting at which a quorum is present is required to approve this proposal. If you hold your shares in your own name and abstain from voting on this matter, your abstention will have no effect on the vote. If you hold your shares through a bank, broker or other holder of record and you do not instruct them on how to vote on this proposal, they will have the authority, but are not required, to vote your shares. Abstentions and broker non-votes will each be counted as present for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum but will not have any effect on the outcome of the proposal.
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE SELECTION OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS FOR OUR FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 25, 2022.
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PROPOSAL 3: ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE THE COMPENSATION OF OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
This stockholder advisory vote, commonly known as “Say-on-Pay,” is required pursuant to Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and gives our stockholders the opportunity to approve or not approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation paid to our named executive officers (NEOs) for our 2021 fiscal year. At our 2020 annual meeting of stockholders, stockholders voted for the Say-on-Pay vote to be held annually.
The Board recommends a vote “FOR” the following resolution:
“Resolved, that the stockholders of QUALCOMM Incorporated hereby approve, on a non-binding advisory basis, the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in this proxy statement, including in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative disclosures.”
COMPENSATION PROGRAM BEST PRACTICES
In fiscal 2020, the HR and Compensation Committee conducted extensive stockholder outreach and worked with its independent compensation consultant to adjust our executive compensation program in response to feedback from our stockholders. Our revised program was well received, as more than 94% of votes cast on the “Say-on-Pay” proposal at our 2021 annual meeting of stockholders were cast in support of our executive compensation program. We have conducted further stockholder outreach over the past year, engaging with stockholders representing 27% of our outstanding shares, and believe that the feedback we have received continues to validate our executive compensation program design.
Our fiscal 2021 executive compensation program continued to reflect stockholder feedback over the past two years and numerous best practices. In particular:

A majority of our equity awards are performance-based

We have rigorous performance objectives, including challenging operating goals for our Annual Cash Incentive Plan (ACIP) and performance stock units (PSUs). Further, our relative total stockholder return (RTSR) PSUs require that we achieve a 55th percentile rank for the target payout, and a 90th percentile rank for the maximum payout, with a cap on payout at target if absolute total stockholder return (TSR) is negative

We have human capital advancement goals in our ACIP that include advancement of our 2025 diversity and inclusion goals, workforce stability and responsiveness to COVID-19

We have robust stock ownership guidelines, including a CEO guideline of 10x base salary

We have a comprehensive clawback policy that applies to both cash and equity incentives

Our peer group is size- and industry-appropriate
We continue our many ongoing executive compensation practices that promote consistent leadership, decision-making and pay-for-performance alignment without taking inappropriate or unnecessary risks, as discussed in detail in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) section herein.
EFFECT OF THIS RESOLUTION
Because your vote is advisory, it will not be binding upon the Company, the Board or the HR and Compensation Committee. However, we value the opinions of our stockholders, and the HR and Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of this vote when considering future compensation decisions.
REQUIRED VOTE AND BOARD RECOMMENDATION
The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting at which a quorum is present is required to approve this proposal. If you hold your shares in your own name and abstain from voting on this matter, your abstention will have no effect on the vote. If you hold your shares through a bank, broker or other holder of record and you do not instruct them on how to vote on this proposal, they will not have the authority to vote your shares. Abstentions and broker non-votes will each be counted as present for purposes of determining the existence of a quorum but will not have any effect on the outcome of the proposal.
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PROPOSAL 3: ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE THE COMPENSATION OF OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The Board believes that the compensation of our NEOs, as described in the CD&A, compensation tables and narrative disclosures, is appropriate for the reasons discussed herein.
THE BOARD RECOMMENDS AN ADVISORY VOTE “FOR” THE COMPENSATION OF OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS FOR FISCAL 2021.
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STOCK OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
The following table sets forth certain information regarding the ownership of our common stock as of December 7, 2021, unless otherwise indicated, by: (i) each stockholder known to us to have greater than a 5% ownership interest (based solely on our review of Schedules 13D and 13G filed with the SEC); (ii) each of our NEOs; (iii) each current director and nominee for director; and (iv) all of our current executive officers and directors as a group.
Amount and Nature of
Beneficial Ownership (1)
Name of Beneficial Owner
Number of Shares
Percent of Class
Vanguard Group Inc. (2)
103,616,214 9.20%
BlackRock, Inc. (3)
79,999,443 7.11%
FMR LLC (4)
57,626,656 5.12%
Cristiano R. Amon
125,074 *
Akash Palkhiwala
46,970 *
James H. Thompson (5)
303,330 *
Alexander H. Rogers
37,388 *
Heather Ace
3,477 *
Steve Mollenkopf (6)
1,033,589 *
Sylvia Acevedo (7)
54 *
Mark Fields (8)
3,069 *
Jeffrey W. Henderson (9)
4,015 *
Gregory N. Johnson (10)
*
Ann M. Livermore (11)
22,942 *
Harish Manwani (12)
16,178 *
Mark D. McLaughlin (13)
15,063 *
Jamie S. Miller (14)
*
Clark T. Randt, Jr. (15)
11,051 *
Irene B. Rosenfeld (16)
2,190 *
Kornelis (Neil) Smit (17)
3,069 *
Jean-Pascal Tricoire (18)
*
Anthony J. Vinciquerra (19)
5,479 *
All current executive officers and directors as a group (19 persons) (20)
599,349 *
*
Less than 1%
(1)
The information for officers and directors in this table is based upon information supplied by those officers and directors. Unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes to this table and subject to community property laws where applicable, the Company believes that each of the stockholders named in this table has sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares indicated as beneficially owned. Applicable percentages are based on 1,125,739,587 shares outstanding on December 7, 2021, adjusted as required by rules promulgated by the SEC.
(2)
Represents shares of Qualcomm common stock beneficially owned as of December 31, 2020 based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on February 10, 2021 by The Vanguard Group. In such filing, The Vanguard Group lists its address as 100 Vanguard Blvd., Malvern, PA 19355, and indicates that it has shared voting power with respect to 1,962,073 shares of our common stock, sole dispositive power with respect to 98,494,170 shares of our common stock, and shared dispositive power with respect to 5,122,044 shares of our common stock.
(3)
Represents shares of Qualcomm common stock beneficially owned as of December 31, 2020 based on a Schedule 13G/A filed on January 29, 2021 by BlackRock, Inc. In such filing, BlackRock, Inc. lists its address as 55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10055, and indicates that it has sole voting power with respect to 70,422,309 shares of our common stock, and sole dispositive power with respect to 79,999,443 shares of our common stock.
(4)
Represents shares of Qualcomm common stock beneficially owned as of December 31, 2020 based on a Schedule 13G filed on February 8, 2021 by FMR LLC. In such filing, FMR LLC lists its address as 245 Summer Street, Boston MA 02210, and indicates that it has sole voting power with respect to 7,946,828 shares of our common stock, and sole dispositive power with respect to 57,626,656 shares of our common stock.
(5)
Includes 4,539 shares held in trusts for the benefit of his children and 90,906 shares held in Grantor Trusts for the benefit of Dr. Thompson and his spouse. Dr. Thompson disclaims all beneficial ownership for the shares held in trusts for the benefit of his children.
(6)
Includes 537,192 shares held in family trusts. Also includes 496,397 shares issuable upon exercise of stock options exercisable within 60 days of December 7, 2021.
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(7)
Excludes 1,056 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle on March 10, 2023 and 1,941 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle on March 10, 2024.
(8)
Includes 3,069 shares held by Mr. Field’s spouse’s trust. Excludes 13,423 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle upon retirement from the Board.
(9)
Excludes 9,673 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle three years after the date of grant.
(10)
Excludes 1,056 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle on March 10, 2023 and 1,941 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle on March 10, 2024.
(11)
Includes 8,858 shares held in family trusts and 14,084 shares held in Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts for the benefit of Ms. Livermore. Excludes 9,673 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle three years after the date of grant.
(12)
Includes 16,178 shares held jointly with his spouse. Excludes 9,673 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle three years after the date of grant.
(13)
Includes 15,063 shares held in family trusts. Excludes 18,782 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle upon retirement from the Board and 9,562 fully vested deferred stock units that settle three years after the date of grant.
(14)
Excludes 2,675 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle on March 10, 2023 and 2,160 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle three years after the date of grant.
(15)
Includes 11,051 shares held jointly with his spouse. Excludes 9,673 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle three years after the date of grant.
(16)
Includes 2,190 shares held jointly with her spouse. Excludes 1,941 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle upon retirement from the Board and 7,732 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle three years after the date of grant.
(17)
Includes 3,069 shares held with his spouse as tenants in common. Excludes 13,125 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle upon retirement from the Board.
(18)
Excludes 2,124 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle on March 10, 2023 and 2,695 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle on December 31, 2025.
(19)
Includes 5,479 shares held in family trusts. Excludes 24,507 fully vested deferred stock units and dividend equivalents that settle upon retirement from the Board.
(20)
Excludes 148,247 fully vested deferred stock units and related dividend equivalents.
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION
None of the members of our HR and Compensation Committee are, or have been, employees or officers of the Company. During fiscal 2021, no member of the HR and Compensation Committee had any relationship with the Company requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K. During fiscal 2021, none of our executive officers served on the compensation committee (or equivalent) or board of another entity that has or has had one or more executive officers who served on our HR and Compensation Committee or Board.
DELINQUENT SECTION 16(a) REPORTS
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act requires our directors, executive officers and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of our equity securities to file with the SEC initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of our common stock and other equity securities.
To our knowledge, based solely on a review of applicable reports filed with the SEC and written representations that no other reports were required, all Section 16(a) filing requirements were complied with during fiscal 2021, except for one late Form 4 that was filed by us in December 2020 on behalf of Erin Polek, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, to report the grant of restricted stock units in October 2020.
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EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION
The following table sets forth information regarding outstanding equity awards and shares reserved for future issuance under our equity compensation plans as of September 26, 2021 (number of shares in millions):
Plan Category
Number of Shares
to be Issued
Upon Exercise /
Vesting of
Outstanding
Awards
Weighted
Average Exercise
Price of
Outstanding
Options (1)
Number of Shares
Remaining Available
for Future Issuance
Equity compensation plans approved by stockholders (2) 33 (4) $ 52.19 96 (5)
Equity compensation plans not approved by stockholders (3) 0 (6) $ 5.34
Total 33 $ 52.06 96
(1)
Weighted Average Exercise Price of Outstanding Options does not include outstanding performance stock units, time-based restricted stock units, and deferred stock units, all of which were granted under equity compensation plans approved by stockholders.
(2)
Consists of two Company plans: the Amended and Restated QUALCOMM Incorporated 2016 Long-Term Incentive Plan (2016 LTIP) and the Amended and Restated QUALCOMM Incorporated 2001 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended (ESPP).
(3)
Consists of equity compensation plans assumed in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
(4)
Includes approximately 33 million shares that may be issued pursuant to performance stock units, time-based restricted stock units, deferred stock units, and stock options granted under the 2016 LTIP. The performance stock units include the maximum number of shares that may be issued.
(5)
Includes approximately 71 million shares available under the 2016 LTIP and approximately 25 million shares available under the ESPP.
(6)
Includes approximately 2,000 stock options assumed in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PERSON TRANSACTIONS
Our Code of Ethics states that our executive officers and directors, including their immediate family members, are charged with avoiding situations in which their personal, family or financial interests conflict with those of the Company. Our Conflicts of Interest and Outside Activities policy provides additional rules regarding the employment of relatives. In accordance with its charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving transactions between the Company and any directors or executive officers or any of such person’s immediate family members or affiliates (other than employment and compensation related transactions, which are subject to review by the HR and Compensation Committee pursuant to its charter), which would be reportable as a related-person transaction under SEC rules. In considering the proposed arrangement, the Audit Committee or HR and Compensation Committee, as appropriate, will consider the relevant facts and circumstances and the potential for conflicts of interest or improprieties.
During fiscal 2021, we employed the family members of certain of our executive officers. The HR and Compensation Committee reviewed and approved the related-person transactions below.
Those employees whose compensation (salary, cash incentives and grant date fair value of equity awards) for fiscal 2021 exceeded $120,000 are discussed below, all of whom were adults who did not live with the related director or executive officer. Each family member is compensated according to our standard practices, including participation in our employee benefit plans generally made available to employees of a similar responsibility level. We do not view any of the executive officers as having a beneficial interest in the compensation of family members that is material to them or the Company. Restricted stock units were granted under our 2016 LTIP, and generally vest over three years from the grant date, contingent upon continued service with the Company.
Cristiano R. Amon, President and Chief Executive Officer, is the brother of Rogerio Amon, who serves as Vice President, Program Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. During fiscal 2021, Rogerio Amon earned $273,116 in base salary and $199,442 in cash incentives and received a restricted stock unit award of 2,469 shares with a grant date fair value of  $300,181.
Steve Mollenkopf, Special Advisor and former Chief Executive Officer, is the brother of James D. Mollenkopf, who serves as a Vice President, Strategic Development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. During fiscal 2021, James D. Mollenkopf earned $305,538 in base salary and $171,935 in cash incentives and received a restricted stock unit award of 3,496 shares with a grant date fair value of  $425,044.
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HR AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE LETTER TO STOCKHOLDERS
Dear Fellow Stockholders:
The HR and Compensation Committee, among its many important human capital functions, is accountable for using Qualcomm’s executive compensation program to motivate and retain its management team and to ensure alignment with stockholders. Fiscal 2021 was another highly successful year for Qualcomm. The strong demand for the Company’s products and technologies across mobile handsets, radio frequency front-end (RFFE), automotive and the internet of things (IoT) contributed to record consolidated revenues and earnings and significant year-over-year growth, despite a challenging environment resulting from the impacts of COVID-19 and industry-wide supply constraints. The Company delivered year-over-year increases of 43% and 55% in GAAP and Non-GAAP revenues, respectively, and 74% and 104% in GAAP and Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (EPS), respectively, during fiscal 2021. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and information reconciling reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures are included in Appendix C. Fiscal 2021 Annual Cash Incentive Plan (ACIP) funding and performance stock unit (PSU) outcomes were all above target, consistent with the Company’s strong business results and long-term stockholder value creation. In addition, the Company continued to focus significant attention on its employees and its communities during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure their safety, health and economic well-being.
In fiscal 2020, the HR and Compensation Committee made a series of executive compensation program improvements and governance enhancements in response to feedback from stockholders arising out of our stockholder outreach program. Those actions were well received by stockholders. At last year’s annual meeting, more than 94% of votes were cast in favor of the compensation of the Company’s fiscal 2020 named executive officers. Engagement in fiscal 2021 with stockholders representing 27% of the Company’s outstanding shares reiterated support for our executive compensation program.
Effective June 30, 2021, Cristiano Amon, the Company’s President and CEO-elect, succeeded Steve Mollenkopf as CEO. The leadership transition was seamless and successful, thanks in part to Steve’s continuing and important role as a Special Advisor to the Company. The HR and Compensation Committee, following its commitment to best pay practices, set the new CEO compensation program at a competitive but reasonable level, with a focus on performance-based incentives, to ensure its alignment with stockholder interests. Importantly, in addition to its continuous efforts and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and consistent with stockholder feedback, the HR and Compensation Committee linked the Company’s DEI performance to executive compensation by allocating 10% of the fiscal 2021 ACIP to human capital advancements.
As always, the HR and Compensation Committee would like to extend its thanks to the stockholders with whom we spoke for their insights and candor, and we look forward to continuing our open dialogue. We hope that after reviewing the following materials, you will vote in favor of the Say-on-Pay proposal at this year’s Annual Meeting.
Sincerely,
HR AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Irene B. Rosenfeld, Chair
Gregory N. Johnson
Harish Manwani
Kornelis (Neil) Smit
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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS
The HR and Compensation Committee oversees our executive compensation program. This Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) describes that program and the compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to our named executive officers (NEOs) for fiscal 2021, along with the underlying rationale of our HR and Compensation Committee in making its compensation decisions.
OUR NEOs FOR FISCAL 2021
Cristiano R. Amon
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Current position: President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), since June 2021
Prior Qualcomm leadership positions include:

President and CEO-elect, January 2021 to June 2021

President, January 2018 to January 2021

Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) and President, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), November 2015 to January 2018

Executive Vice President, QTI and Co-President QCT, October 2012 to November 2015

Senior Vice President and Co-President QCT, June 2012 to October 2012

Senior Vice President, QCT Product Management, October 2007 to June 2012
24 years of service with Qualcomm
Akash Palkhiwala
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Current position: Chief Financial Officer (CFO), since November 2019
Prior Qualcomm leadership positions include:

Senior Vice President and Interim CFO, August 2019 to November 2019

Senior Vice President, QCT Finance, QTI, December 2015 to August 2019

Senior Vice President and Treasurer, October 2014 to December 2015
20 years of service with Qualcomm
James H. Thompson
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Current position: Chief Technology Officer, QTI, since March 2017
Prior Qualcomm leadership positions include:

Executive Vice President, Engineering, QTI, October 2012 to March 2017

Senior Vice President, Engineering, July 1998 to October 2012
30 years of service with Qualcomm
Alexander H. Rogers
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Current position: President, Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL) & Global Affairs, since June 2021
Prior Qualcomm leadership positions include:

President, QTL, October 2016 to June 2021

Senior Vice President and President, QTL, September 2016 to October 2016

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, October 2015 to September 2016

Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel, April 2007 to October 2015
21 years of service with Qualcomm
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Heather Ace
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Current position: Chief Human Resources Officer, since March 2020
Prior leadership positions include:

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, DexCom, Inc., July 2016 to March 2020

Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., January 2016 to July 2016
One year of service with Qualcomm
Steve Mollenkopf
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Current position: Special Advisor, since June 2021
Prior Qualcomm leadership positions include:

CEO, March 2014 to June 2021

CEO-Elect and President, December 2013 to March 2014

President and Chief Operating Officer, November 2011 to December 2013
27 years of service with Qualcomm
Fiscal 2021 Performance
In fiscal 2021, we achieved record business and financial performance as a result of the successful execution across a series of key strategies by our management team, led by our former CEO, Mr. Mollenkopf, and our new President and CEO, Mr. Amon. We delivered record GAAP and Non-GAAP revenues of  $33.6 billion and $33.5 billion, respectively. We also delivered diluted GAAP and Non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of  $7.87 and $8.54, respectively, representing an increase of 74% and 104%, respectively, from fiscal 2020. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and information reconciling our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures are included in Appendix C. We delivered year-over-year revenue growth of 64% in QCT and 26% in QTL. In QCT, we had greater than 50% year-over-year growth in each of our revenue streams of handsets, radio frequency front-end (RFFE), automotive and internet of things (IoT) and QCT EBT margin expanded from 17% in fiscal 2020 to 29% in fiscal 2021, validating the demand for our mobile technologies and revenue diversification strategy.
Looking Forward. As the pace of digital transformation of industries accelerates and as devices become more connected and more intelligent, our broad portfolio of technologies and solutions has created a significant long-term growth opportunity for us. QCT represents the largest growth engine for us as we believe that we have the relevant technologies and solutions required to continue to lead in mobile and the connected intelligent edge. As the intelligent edge gains scale and connectivity and adopts on-device artificial intelligence, we believe that we are well positioned to become a leader in AI (artificial intelligence) processing. Further, QTL remains the most successful licensing business in the industry, reflecting the strength of our innovation in cellular technology, the value of our extensive patent portfolio and our execution in securing long-term agreements with key OEMs.
Say-on-Pay Vote and Stockholder Outreach
We had a highly successful Say-on-Pay result in 2021, with more than 94% of votes cast in favor of our Say-on-Pay proposal at last year’s annual meeting. The result was a strong recognition of our efforts in stockholder outreach and the improvements we made to our executive compensation program and governance in response to stockholder feedback. During fiscal 2021, our Chair of the Board and our Chair of the HR & Compensation Committee continued the open dialogue, reaching out to our 20 largest stockholders (by ownership), and engaging with stockholders representing 27% of our outstanding shares. Discussions were mainly focused on the following topics:

The CEO transition, including our compensation approach

Our business strategy, including prioritizing investments, acquisition philosophy and geopolitical risks

The increasing importance of ESG, Board composition, climate plans and DEI
Reflecting the significant enhancements to our executive compensation program in fiscal 2020, our stockholder outreach in fiscal 2021 reaffirmed support for our executive compensation program and design.
CEO Transition and Compensation Considerations
As previously disclosed, on January 4, 2021, Mr. Mollenkopf informed our Chair of the Board of his intention to retire as CEO effective June 30, 2021. The Board appointed Mr. Amon as CEO-elect, to serve as the Company’s CEO beginning on June 30,
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2021. Mr. Mollenkopf agreed to maintain his employment with Qualcomm as a Special Advisor, utilizing his deep experience and relationships to assist the Company in governmental affairs matters (including interaction and engagement with high level domestic and foreign agencies and personnel), advising on current and any future regulatory and legal proceedings, advising on commercialization of existing and new intellectual properties (including negotiation of significant license agreements), advising on potential strategic acquisitions and other transactions, and advising on strategies designed to maintain the Company’s leadership in 5G technology development, as well as assisting with continuing CEO transition activities.
Mr. Amon, who joined Qualcomm as an engineer in 1995, held several technical and business leadership positions with the Company prior to becoming CEO, including as our President. In this role, he was responsible for Qualcomm’s semiconductor business (QCT), which includes the mobile handset, RFFE, automotive and IoT revenue streams, and the Company’s sales operations. We believe that Qualcomm will continue to invent leading technologies and create value for all of our stakeholders under his leadership.
In association with the CEO transition, effective June 30, 2021, compensation for both Messrs. Amon and Mollenkopf was adjusted. Mr. Amon’s compensation was adjusted to reflect his promotion to CEO as follows:

Salary increased from $1,000,000 to $1,150,000

Target ACIP opportunity increased from 175% of salary to 200% of salary

Annual Target Long-Term Incentive (LTI) value increased from $10 million to $16 million

No special promotional cash or equity awards were granted
When considering Mr. Amon’s CEO compensation package, the HR and Compensation Committee reviewed both the internal perspective (Mr. Mollenkopf’s compensation as CEO and Mr. Amon’s compensation as President prior to his promotion to CEO) and external benchmarks from our compensation peer group as well as broader large-cap companies’ pay practices. As a result, we decided to provide a modest cash compensation increase and a meaningful increase in annual equity award grant value (at the time of our annual equity award grants to all executive officers) to better align Mr. Amon’s interests with those of our stockholders. Mr. Amon did not receive a special promotion equity award. The target total direct compensation (the sum of salary, target ACIP and target annual equity award grant value) is competitive with our peer group but still below his predecessor’s pay level.
Effective upon promotion to CEO, Mr. Amon is subject to a higher stock ownership guideline level of 10x salary from his prior level of 3x salary as President.
CEO Target Total Direct Compensation -
Annualized to reflect compensation for a full year
Cristiano Amon (Fiscal 2021) (1)
Steve Mollenkopf (Fiscal 2020) (2)
Base Salary
$1,150,000
$1,535,000
Target ACIP % of Base
200%
200%
Target ACIP Opportunity $
$2,300,000
$3,070,000
Target Total Cash
$3,450,000
$4,605,000
Total Annual LTI Target Value
$16,000,000
$18,000,000
Target Total Direct Compensation
$19,450,000
$22,605,000
(1)
Reflects Mr. Amon’s fiscal 2021 target compensation effective June 30, 2021. His actual cash compensation reflects that he was CEO for only three months during fiscal 2021. His fiscal 2021 equity awards were granted in September 2021. No special promotion awards were granted.
(2)
Reflects Mr. Mollenkopf’s fiscal 2020 target compensation when he was the CEO for a full year. In keeping with its commitment to emphasize performance-based pay in September 2020, the HR and Compensation Committee rebalanced the mix of Mr. Mollenkopf’s target total cash compensation to increase the portion of performance-based cash compensation versus fixed cash compensation, such that Mr. Mollenkopf’s base salary for fiscal 2021 was adjusted to $1,316,000. He did not receive any annual equity awards for fiscal 2021.
Mr. Mollenkopf’s pay was reduced substantially to reflect his new employee role as a Special Advisor. Effective June 30, 2021, his base salary was reduced to $150,000. While he was eligible for the 2021 ACIP based on actual performance, he is no longer eligible for annual equity awards.
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Alignment of Executive Compensation with 2021 Company Strategy, Performance and Values
The HR and Compensation Committee strongly believes that our executive compensation programs must demonstrate long-term alignment of pay with our performance. This requires that the amount earned by our executive officers must depend upon achieving our demanding performance objectives designed to enhance long-term stockholder value. The graph below demonstrates high correlations between our ACIP and PSU payouts and TSR.
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This graph shows the correlation between QCOM Indexed TSR, our ACIP and PSU payouts over the past five fiscal years, i.e., it depicts the direction and amount of change of each of those metrics over time compared to the other. However, the graphs are actually two different graphs, on two different axes, consolidated into one presentation solely for ease of viewing and comparison and to illustrate the correlation between those items. Accordingly, the numbers on the lines and the numbers on the bars are not directly linked to each other.
As further described under the section “Program Overview” and illustrated by the variability in our historical payouts, our incentive plans — through the ACIP and PSUs — are by design strongly aligned with our operating and strategic focus. As a result of this alignment and our strong execution, the 2021 payouts for both our annual and long-term performance-based awards were above target. The fiscal 2021 ACIP paid out at 149% of target, and the 2018 PSUs paid out at 180% of target in aggregate: The 2018 Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) PSUs paid out at 200% of target and the 2018 Relative TSR (RTSR) PSUs paid out at 155% of target.
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Primary Compensation Components
Figure 1 is an overview of the primary components of our fiscal 2021 executive compensation program. In structuring our cash and long-term equity awards, the HR and Compensation Committee continued to use variations of non-GAAP financial performance measures that support our business strategy. See Appendix C for definitions of the various performance measures used in determining our cash and long-term equity awards.
Figure 1: Fiscal 2021 Executive Compensation Program Overview
Objective
Component
Form
Attracts, Retains and
Motivates Talent and Aligns
with Stockholders Interests
Supports the Execution of
Strategy
Balances Short- and
Long-Term
Salary
Cash
Competitive amounts that attract and retain executive officers who develop and execute our business strategy
Annual Cash Incentive Plan
(ACIP)
Cash
Aligns a portion of cash compensation with achieving the Company’s annual objectives
Payouts based on performance targets aligned with annual metrics
Financial (90%)

Adjusted Revenues (weighted 50%)

Adjusted Operating Income (weighted 50%)
Non-Financial (10%)

Human capital advancements
Current fiscal year
Performance Stock Units (PSUs)
Equity
Aligns the majority of equity awards with achieving long-term performance targets
Payouts based on performance targets aligned with long-term stock price performance and financial metrics
50% of the award is based on relative total stockholder return compared to the NASDAQ-100 (RTSR) and 50% is based on average Adjusted three-year EPS
3-year performance period; 3-year cliff vest
Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)
Equity
Provides long-term retention value while further aligning our executive officers’ interest with stockholders
Vesting based on continued service and value is tied to stock price
Annual vesting in equal installments over three years
Additional objectives of our executive compensation program include:

Competitive for the Business. The HR and Compensation Committee aims to set executive compensation at competitive levels to attract, motivate, engage and retain executive officers. We consider practices of peer companies as reference points for comparative purposes but do not set specific percentile objectives.

Internally Fair and Equitable. The HR and Compensation Committee considers business and individual factors to evaluate internal fairness of compensation and monitors the internal compensation relationships among our executive officers. Predetermined formulas are not part of this evaluation.

High Standards for Governance and Compensation Risk Management. The HR and Compensation Committee has a comprehensive charter that provides for oversight of our executive compensation program and includes annually reviewing the amounts of all components of executive compensation, conducting a compensation risk assessment, and reviewing advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The risk assessment also covers incentive and commission arrangements for our non-executive employees. See the discussion of our risk-assessment process under the section “Compensation Risk Management” on page 50 for more details on our compensation-related corporate governance practices.
We also have competitive health, welfare and retirement benefits that are generally structured in the same manner for all U.S. employees. A summary of these and several other benefits begins on page 44.
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Base Salaries
In September 2020, the HR and Compensation Committee approved the fiscal 2021 annual base salaries for our executive officers. Mr. Mollenkopf’s annual base salary was set at $1,316,000, and Mr. Amon’s annual base salary was set at $1,000,000. In connection with Mr. Amon’s promotion to CEO on June 30, 2021, his annual base salary was increased to $1,150,000. At the same time, Mr. Mollenkopf transitioned to the role of Special Advisor, and his annual base salary was adjusted to $150,000.
The ending fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021 annual base salaries for our NEOs are illustrated below in Figure 2.
Figure 2: NEO Base Salaries (1)
NEO
2021
2020
% Change
Cristiano Amon
$ 1,150,000 $ 1,000,000 15%
Akash Palkhiwala
$ 750,000 $ 750,000 %
James H. Thompson
$ 900,000 $ 900,000 %
Alexander H. Rogers
$ 800,000 $ 800,000 %
Heather Ace
$ 575,000 $ 575,000 %
(1)
Excludes Mr. Mollenkopf who previously served as CEO through June 30, 2021.
Annual Cash Incentive Plan (ACIP)
2021 ACIP Structure. The overriding objective of the ACIP is to reward our executive officers for annual operating performance that meets or exceeds established targets. For fiscal 2021, the HR and Compensation Committee determined that annual cash compensation under the ACIP would be weighted 90% on annual operating performance measures (Adjusted Revenues and Adjusted Operating Income as defined in Appendix C) and 10% on a non-financial performance measure (human capital advancements). The weightings for each measure were 45% Adjusted Revenues, 45% Adjusted Operating income and 10% human capital advancements.
ACIP awards are calculated using percent-of-salary targets for our executive officers based on achievement of specified financial and non-financial objectives. The funding range is zero to 200% and encompasses both upside reward and downside performance risk typical of peer practices. Each executive officer’s ACIP target is determined by the HR and Compensation Committee based on practices of our peer companies and individual considerations. The ACIP payout schedule for fiscal 2021 is set forth in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Fiscal 2021 ACIP Payout Schedule
Award Level
Achievement of
Financial Objectives
(% of Target)
Achievement of
Non-Financial Objective
ACIP Funding
(% of Target) (1)
Maximum
120%
Significantly above range
200%
Target
100%
In range
100%
Threshold
80%
Significantly below range
0%
(1)
Funding of the ACIP Financial Objectives between award levels interpolates linearly with the achievement of the financial objective.
The HR and Compensation Committee has the authority to apply discretion to ACIP earned amounts based on feedback from other Board members, feedback from our CEO and other considerations. A summary of these factors is discussed in the “Process and Rationale for Executive Compensation Decisions” section beginning on page 46. Any such discretionary modifications would be incremental to the predefined adjustments to the Company’s GAAP financial results as defined in the ACIP. See Appendix C for a listing of predefined adjustments. No discretionary modifications were made by the HR and Compensation Committee due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supply constraints or any other factors in determining fiscal 2021 ACIP payouts.
Fiscal 2021 ACIP Earnings
Figure 4 shows the objectives and actual performance for Adjusted Revenues and Adjusted Operating Income and illustrates the following:

Under the terms of the ACIP, financial performance was weighted 90% and non-financial performance was weighted 10%.
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Financial performance was weighted 50% Adjusted Revenues and 50% Adjusted Operating Income.

Non-financial performance was evaluated based on human capital advancements.

Adjusted Revenues performance was 106.5% of target, Adjusted Operating Income performance was 115.3% of target and human capital advancements performance was 100% of target.

As a result, our financial weighted performance was 110.9% ( (106.5% x 50%) + (115.3% x 50%) ) and our non-financial weighted performance was 100%, which translated into award funding of 149% based on the predefined formula in the 2021 ACIP.
Figure 4: Fiscal 2021 ACIP Objectives and Performance
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Human Capital Advancements Performance
As disclosed in last year’s proxy, we added a non-financial performance measure to our 2021 ACIP, which carries a 10% weighting. This new measure emphasizes and complements our strategy to reward performance in the area of human capital advancements. For fiscal 2021, the HR and Compensation Committee adopted a framework for human capital advancements that included advancement of our 2025 diversity and inclusion goals, workforce stability and responsiveness to the COVID-19 pandemic, including both workplace safety and employee well-being.
The HR and Compensation Committee reviewed progress in these areas of human capital advancements with management, including our Chief Diversity Officer, both during the fiscal year as well as at fiscal year-end. Given the Company’s advancements towards its 2025 diversity and inclusion goals, healthy workforce stability, with attrition below industry benchmarks, and effectiveness of our strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as measured through internal employee surveys, the HR and Compensation Committee approved the non-financial performance multiple at 100%.
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Figure 5: Fiscal 2021 ACIP Target and Earned Amounts
Name
ACIP Target as
Percent of
Salary (%)
ACIP Target
($)
Payout % Per
Plan Formula
Payout %
Approved by
HR and
Compensation
Committee
Earned Amount
Approved by
HR and
Compensation
Committee ($)
Cristiano R. Amon
200% $ 2,075,000 (1) 149% 149% $ 3,092,000 (1)
Akash Palkhiwala
100% $ 750,000 149% 149% $ 1,118,000
James H. Thompson
150% $ 1,350,000 149% 149% $ 2,012,000
Alexander H. Rogers
140% $ 1,120,000 149% 149% $ 1,669,000
Heather Ace
100% $ 575,000 149% 149% $ 857,000
Steve Mollenkopf
250% $ 2,561,000 (2) 149% 149% $ 3,816,000 (2)
(1)
Mr. Amon’s ACIP target was increased from 175% to 200% on June 30, 2021, in connection with his promotion to CEO. His actual payout was calculated using his blended salary for the year and his year-end ACIP target of 200%.
(2)
Mr. Mollenkopf’s ACIP target of 250% did not change upon his transition to Special Advisor. His actual payout was calculated using his blended salary and his year-end ACIP target of 250%.
Equity Awards
In September 2021, the HR and Compensation Committee granted annual equity awards for fiscal 2021 to our executive officers in the form of RTSR PSUs, EPS PSUs and RSUs. Annual equity award weighting for our NEOs was 60% in PSUs and 40% in RSUs.
These awards include dividend equivalent rights that accrue in the form of additional shares with vesting and distribution at the same time as the earned and vested underlying awards.
2021 RTSR PSUs. The RTSR PSUs allow recipients to earn a variable number of shares of our common stock over a three-year period (fiscal 2022-2024) based on our TSR performance compared to companies comprising the NASDAQ-100, using the payout schedule set forth in Figure 6. The RTSR PSUs require achievement of performance at the 55th percentile in order to earn the target number of shares, while the maximum number of shares that can be earned are 2x the target for performance at or above the 90th percentile. No shares would be earned if performance is below the 25th percentile. The RTSR PSUs also provide that the total number of shares earned may not exceed the target number of shares if our absolute TSR for the entire three-year performance period is negative, regardless of the level of RTSR achieved.
Figure 6: Fiscal 2021 RTSR PSU Payout Schedule
Award Level
Qualcomm’s RTSR Percentile Rank
Among the NASDAQ-100
Multiple of Target
RTSR PSUs Earned (1)
Maximum
90th percentile and above
2x
Target
55th percentile
1x
Threshold
25th percentile
0.25x
Below Threshold
Below 25th percentile
No shares earned
(1)
The multiple of target RTSR PSUs earned between award levels interpolates linearly with our RTSR percentile rank among the NASDAQ-100.
2021 EPS PSUs. The EPS PSUs allow recipients to earn a variable number of shares of our common stock based on the achievement of a three-year (fiscal 2022-2024) average Adjusted EPS goal established by the HR and Compensation Committee at the time of grant. The 2021 EPS PSU goal will be disclosed along with actual results following completion of the performance period, similar to the disclosure of both goal and actual results for the fiscal 2018 ROIC PSUs on page 43. See Appendix C for the definitions of performance measures to be used in determining the number of EPS PSUs for the performance period. The payout schedule is set forth in Figure 7. The HR and Compensation Committee intended that the target chosen for measuring performance under the EPS PSUs would generally present a similar or higher degree of difficulty for achievement in comparison to the EPS and ROIC targets chosen in recent years and reflect the rigor of our goal setting. The annual process for determining the target includes consideration of the Company’s strategic plan, historical performance and peer company benchmarking.
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Figure 7: Fiscal 2021 EPS PSU Payout Schedule
Award Level
Multiple of Target EPS PSUs Earned (1)
Maximum
2x
Target
1x
Threshold
0.33x
Below Threshold
No shares earned
(1)
The multiple of target EPS PSUs earned between award levels interpolates linearly with our average Adjusted EPS for the three-year performance period.
2021 RSUs. RSUs represent the right to receive one share of our common stock for each unit awarded, based on continued employment until vesting, which is in equal annual installments over three years. We continued to use RSUs as part of the annual equity awards for our executive officers in order to support ownership accumulation and employment retention objectives.
Summary of Grant Date Fair Values of Fiscal 2021 Equity Awards.Figure 8 shows the grant date fair values of the equity awards granted to our NEOs in fiscal 2021. The HR and Compensation Committee made no changes to the annual equity award grant date fair values for our NEOs as compared to fiscal 2020, with the exceptions of Mr. Amon, Mr. Palkhiwala and Mr. Mollenkopf (who had retired as CEO and assumed his new employee role as a Special Advisor as of the grant date, and as such was not eligible for annual equity awards).
Figure 8: Grant Date Fair Values of Equity Awarded to NEOs in Fiscal 2021
Name
RTSR PSUs
EPS PSUs
RSUs
Total All Awards
Cristiano R. Amon
$ 4,800,069 $ 4,800,004 $ 6,400,095 $ 16,000,168
Akash Palkhiwala
$ 1,440,123 $ 1,440,068 $ 1,920,002 $ 4,800,193
James H. Thompson
$ 2,700,121 $ 2,700,027 $ 3,600,036 $ 9,000,184
Alexander H. Rogers
$ 1,500,067 $ 1,500,060 $ 2,000,080 $ 5,000,207
Heather Ace
$ 825,073 $ 825,020 $ 1,100,071 $ 2,750,164
PSUs with Performance Periods Ending in Fiscal 2021. In September 2018, the HR and Compensation Committee granted RTSR PSUs and ROIC PSUs to our then executive officers, including Messrs. Amon, Rogers and Mollenkopf and Dr. Thompson, which vested in October 2021 and were earned based on our performance for fiscal 2019-2021. The value of these awards at the time of grant was allocated 50% to RTSR PSUs and 50% to ROIC PSUs. After application of a Monte Carlo valuation to determine the number of RTSR shares, the mix of target shares was 45% RTSR PSUs and 55% ROIC PSUs. RTSR PSUs were earned at 155% of target, reflecting our 110% TSR increase and 72nd percentile TSR performance versus the NASDAQ-100 for the performance period. ROIC PSUs were earned at 200% of target, reflecting ROIC performance above the 30.0% maximum for the performance period. In the aggregate, our NEOs earned approximately 180% of target.
Figure 9: PSUs Awarded to NEOs with Performance Periods Ending in Fiscal 2021 (1)
RTSR
ROIC
Total
Target Performance
50th Percentile
24.0%
Actual Performance
72nd percentile
32.5%
Payout Percentage
155%
200%
Awarded Shares
RTSR
ROIC
Total
Cristiano R. Amon
37,255 57,910 95,165
James H. Thompson
32,599 50,672 83,271
Alexander H. Rogers
18,628 28,956 47,584
Steve Mollenkopf
86,236 134,050 220,286
(1)
Mr. Palkhiwala and Ms. Ace were not awarded shares since they were not executive officers in September 2018 when the PSUs were granted.
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OTHER COMPENSATION COMPONENTS
In addition to the primary compensation components summarized in Figure 1 on page 39, during fiscal 2021, we had competitive health and welfare benefits that were generally structured the same for all U.S.-based employees, plus other executive benefits. Figure 10 describes the benefits that were generally available to U.S.-based executives. Figure 11 describes some of the other benefits that were generally available to all U.S.-based employees, including executives.
Figure 10: Fiscal 2021 U.S. Executive Benefits
Component
Form and Purpose
Comment
Executive Physicals

Provide a comprehensive physical exam designed to focus on wellness, prevention and early detection of potential health risks.
This benefit is available to our Vice President and above employee population.
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan (NQDC Plan) Company Match

Company match on employees’ deferred contributions up to a maximum amount based on a predefined formula.

Provide a competitive, nonqualified, tax-efficient defined contribution retirement program for employees deemed to be “highly compensated.”
See the discussion titled “Fiscal 2021 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation” under the section “Compensation Tables and Narrative Disclosures” for a description of the Company match program.
The benefit of participation is available to our Senior Director and above employee population, with the match benefit available to our Vice President and above population.
Financial Planning Reimbursement

Reimbursement of actual expenses, up to a pre-determined maximum amount, incurred for financial, estate and tax planning.

Attract and retain executive-level employees.
We reimburse up to $12,500 for our CEO and up to $8,000 for our other executive officers.
This benefit is available to our Vice President and above employee population.
Additional Life Insurance

Additional coverage, above the amount provided to all employees.

Attract and retain executive-level employees.
The additional coverage is $1,000,000 for our CEO and $750,000 for our other executive officers. Additional life insurance coverage is also provided to our Vice President and above population.
Use of Corporate Aircraft for Personal Travel (Executive Officers Only)

Facilitate flexible travel arrangements and provide security.
We have a program that limits personal travel on our corporate aircraft such that compensation reportable in the Summary Compensation Table does not exceed $250,000 for our CEO and $650,000 for all of our executive officers in the aggregate.
Severance Benefits

Provide severance payments and benefits upon a qualifying termination of employment

Provide transition income replacement that will allow the executive to not be distracted from business priorities.

Attract and retain executive-level employees.
We believe the levels of severance provided by our Executive Officer Severance Plan (Severance Plan) are consistent with market practices. Our plan does not provide for any gross-ups for excise taxes imposed as a result of severance payments. This plan is described in more detail below.
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Figure 11: Fiscal 2021 U.S. All-Employee Benefits
Component
Form/Purpose
Comment
Health Plans

Support a healthy and productive workforce.

Attract and retain employees.
Qualcomm’s health plans encourage prevention and provide protection against catastrophic health care costs. We offer health savings account funding to encourage appropriate utilization and tax-efficient savings. Our health plans are offered consistently to executive and non-executive employees.
401(k) Plan

Provide a tax-efficient retirement savings opportunity.

Attract and retain employees.
The 401(k) Plan is a tax-qualified deferred compensation plan. We match employee contributions in cash using a tiered structure in order to encourage participation among all employees. If an employee contributes the maximum amount permitted under IRS rules, including the maximum catch-up contribution for employees age 50 or older, the Company’s match would be $6,275 for 2021.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)

Encourage ownership of Qualcomm stock and align employee and stockholder interests.

Attract and retain employees.
The ESPP is a tax-qualified plan available to all U.S.-based employees. Purchases through payroll deductions are limited to $12,500 in fair market value (FMV) of our common stock per six-month offering period (determined on the first day of each offering period). The purchase price is equal to 85% of the lower of: (1) the FMV on the first day of the offering period or (2) the FMV on the last day of the offering period.
Charitable Contribution Match

Matching cash paid to the charitable organization.

Encourage and extend employees’ support of cultural, educational and community non-profit organizations.
We match 100% of employee contributions for employees, up to predefined maximum amounts, to qualified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, excluding organizations that further religious doctrine, exclusionary organizations and/or political non-profit organizations. The maximum annual amount we will match is based on the employee’s job level. We will match up to $125,000 for our CEO and our President (if not also our CEO) and up to $100,000 for our other executive officers.
Change in Control Severance

Provide severance payments and benefits upon a qualifying termination of employment following a change in control of the Company.

Provide transition income replacement that will allow the employee to not be distracted from business priorities.

Treat employees fairly following a change in control.
A cash severance package is provided based on job level and years of service, and unvested stock awards would vest. Employees would also receive outplacement support and U.S.-based employees would receive paid health care coverage through COBRA for the length of the severance period, not to exceed 18 months.
We believe that the benefits provided under our Executive Officer Change in Control (CIC) Severance Plan (CIC Severance Plan) are consistent with market practices. In addition, we do not provide for any “single trigger” payments. Our plans do not provide for any gross-ups for excise taxes imposed as a result of severance or other payments deemed made in connection with a change in control.
Executive Severance and Change in Control Benefits
Please see the “Potential Post-Employment Payments” section of this proxy statement for information regarding the Severance Plan, the CIC Severance Plan and treatment of equity upon various types of employment terminations.
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PROCESS AND RATIONALE FOR EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION DECISIONS
The HR and Compensation Committee considers several factors in determining the compensation of our executive officers. The HR and Compensation Committee does not have a predefined framework for prioritizing or weighting these factors, and the emphasis placed on specific factors may vary among our executive officers. Ultimately, it is the HR and Compensation Committee’s judgment about these factors that forms the basis for determining our executive officers’ compensation.
Late in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year, the HR and Compensation Committee sets our executive officers’ salaries and ACIP targets for the next fiscal year and grants annual equity awards for the nearly completed fiscal year. Granting annual equity awards at the end of the fiscal year allows the HR and Compensation Committee to consider anticipated absolute and relative financial performance and TSR for that year. Granting annual equity awards after the annual meeting of stockholders, which takes place during the second quarter of our fiscal year, also allows the HR and Compensation Committee to consider feedback from stockholders through the annual Say-on-Pay advisory vote and from other stockholder engagement efforts.
In executive session without our CEO or other executive officers present, the HR and Compensation Committee approved the fiscal 2021 equity awards, the fiscal 2021 ACIP earned amounts and any adjustments to base salaries and ACIP targets for fiscal 2022. In making these decisions and determining the amounts and mix of executive compensation, the HR and Compensation Committee considered the following factors, among others:

Labor market conditions, competitive compensation for comparable positions and threats to our business due to retention-related risks;

Business performance, including operational management such as project milestones, process improvements and expense management;

Feedback from our stockholders received as part of our stockholder outreach program;

Feedback from our CEO regarding the performance of our business, his performance and his evaluation of and compensation recommendations for the other executive officers;

Feedback from our CEO, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer regarding progress on our human capital advancement initiatives in support our of 2025 diversity and inclusion goals;

The executive officers’ individual performance and contributions to financial and strategic objectives, including expertise, skills, tenure in position and potential to assume increased responsibilities;

Internal working and reporting relationships and teamwork among our executive officers (for example, using the same ACIP financial metrics and objectives for all executive officers promotes teamwork and collaboration and our executive officers’ contribution to Company-wide initiatives);

The HR and Compensation Committee’s intention for compensation to be internally fair and equitable relative to roles, responsibilities and relationships, in addition to being competitively reasonable;

Leadership actions that support our ethical standards, compliance culture and ESG initiatives; and

Developing and motivating employees (such as establishing processes for identifying and assessing high potential employees) and attracting and retaining employees (such as initiatives to increase the pipeline of women and URMs in leadership roles).
The HR and Compensation Committee engages independent advisors.
The HR and Compensation Committee has the authority to engage and terminate its independent compensation consultant and to obtain advice and assistance from external legal, accounting and other advisors. The HR and Compensation Committee engaged Pay Governance LLC (Pay Governance), an independent executive compensation consulting firm, to advise it on compensation matters during fiscal 2021. Pay Governance reports directly to the HR and Compensation Committee. The Company did not engage Pay Governance for any services during fiscal 2021. The HR and Compensation Committee’s engagement of Pay Governance did not raise any conflicts of interest. Pursuant to the engagement, Pay Governance:

Provided information, insights and advice regarding compensation philosophy, objectives and strategy;

Recommended peer group selection criteria and identified and recommended potential peer companies;

Provided analyses of competitive compensation practices for executive officers and non-employee directors;

Provided analyses of potential risks arising from executive and non-executive compensation programs;

Provided analyses of aggregate equity compensation spending and related dilution;
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Reviewed and commented on recommendations regarding executive officer compensation amounts;

Advised the HR and Compensation Committee on specific issues as they arose; and

Kept the HR and Compensation Committee informed of executive compensation trends and regulatory and governance considerations related to executive compensation.
The HR and Compensation Committee also sought and received advice from our outside legal counsel, DLA Piper LLP. Our Human Resources department supported the HR and Compensation Committee in its work, collaborated with Pay Governance and DLA Piper, conducted additional analyses and managed our compensation and benefit programs.
The HR and Compensation Committee reviews peer group compensation practices.
The HR and Compensation Committee identified peer companies to use for competitive analyses, considering recommendations made by Pay Governance and input received from stockholders. The peer companies were identified based on the following characteristics:

Technology, telecommunications and media companies (excluding those that are primarily content producers) based on Global Industry Classification Standard codes.

Companies of comparable size, with both market capitalization and revenues generally between 0.25x to 4.0x Qualcomm’s market capitalization and revenues.

The HR and Compensation Committee used market capitalization as a quantitative criterion because:

Market capitalization, a key component of which is stock price, is the key driver of equity compensation grant value, and equity compensation grant value is the single largest component of executive compensation among technology companies with large market capitalizations;

Market capitalization is directly related to stockholder benefit; and

A significant portion of our business is technology licensing, which is a high-margin business, and as such, Qualcomm typically has higher market capitalization and profit than companies with similar revenues.

The HR and Compensation Committee also included revenues as a quantitative criterion because revenues are commonly used as a selection criterion by our peer companies, third-party compensation survey providers and proxy advisory firms.
Pay Governance provides analyses of peer company competitive practices. The HR and Compensation Committee considers these peer company competitive practices, along with the other factors described in this section, when determining the salaries, ACIP targets and equity awards for our CEO and other executive officers.
Figure 12 identifies the peer companies that the HR and Compensation Committee approved in May 2021 for purposes of determining our executive officers’ equity awards. The peer companies and Qualcomm are ranked, high-to-low, on revenues and market capitalization. As the HR and Compensation Committee made no changes to the peer companies from the prior year, these peer companies were also used in fiscal 2020 to determine our executive officers’ fiscal 2021 salary and bonus target amounts.
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Figure 12: Qualcomm’s Relative Rankings Among Peer Companies as of April 30, 2021 (1)
Revenues
Company $ Millions
Intel $ 77,712
T-Mobile US $ 77,043
HP Inc. $ 57,667
Charter $ 48,881
Cisco $ 48,026
Accenture $ 45,677
Oracle $ 39,691
Qualcomm $ 29,409
Netflix $ 26,392
Broadcom $ 24,685
Micron Technology $ 23,503
Visa $ 21,354
salesforce.com $ 21,252
Applied Materials $ 18,202
NVIDIA $ 16,675
Texas Instruments $ 15,421
Lam Research $ 13,273
VMware $ 11,767
AMD $ 11,422
eBay $ 11,165
NXP Semiconductors $ 9,158
Intuit $ 7,717
Analog Devices $ 5,858
75th Percentile $ 44,180
Median