NEW YORK — Qualcomm, the wireless technology company that is one of the largest chipmakers in the world, said Friday that its chief operating officer, Steven M. Mollenkopf, would become its new chief executive.
The company said its board chose Mollenkopf, 44, as chief executive with a unanimous vote. He will succeed Paul E. Jacobs, who will become executive chairman, in March.
Over his 20 years at Qualcomm, Mollkenkopf, an engineer, served various roles at the company. He oversaw the $3.1 billion purchase of the chipmaker Atheros Communications, the company’s largest acquisition ever, before becoming chief operating officer in 2011.
“With today’s announcement, we enable a smooth transition to a proven executive in Steve Mollenkopf,” Sherry Lansing, presiding director of Qualcomm’s board of directors, said in a statement. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.