Norm Fjeldheim, 2009 Honoree

Senior vice president, CIO
Qualcomm Inc.
San Diego
First job:
"Working on a construction site cleaning, hauling materials and building."
Most valuable career advice:
"Don't worry about your reputation. Focus on your integrity and your character, and your reputation will take care of itself."
Favorite vice:
"I enjoy doing graphic design work as a hobby. Probably too much, according to my wife."
What do you love about IT?
"I enjoy change, and IT is all about change: new technologies, new projects and new things to do. I like using technology to improve the way people work and live."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
"Steve Jobs, Dr. John Reed (geneticist), Warren Buffett and Barack Obama. It would be fun to debate the future of technology and the future of this country and the world."
What's in your MP3 player?
AFI, Michelle Branch, Santana, Green Day, 3 Doors Down, Coldplay and The Fray
Twenty years ago, I was...
"A newlywed systems analyst at a small start-up named Qualcomm."
In high school, I should have been voted "Most Likely to..."
"Make friends."
Favorite book:
"Any Tom Clancy book."
Favorite TV show:
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I originally studied to be an architect and worked as a carpenter to put myself through college."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"My leadership style is very straightforward. I try to empower and enable my staff and to communicate, communicate, communicate. I believe in setting strategy in conjunction with my customers, and then turning people loose to execute the strategy."
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