Qualcomm lobbyist promoted to global advocacy chief

Qualcomm lobbyist promoted to global advocacy chief
© Greg Nash

The head of Qualcomm’s Washington office, Nate Tibbits, will now be handling worldwide advocacy for the tech giant.

The company announced the promotion on Wednesday evening, naming Tibbits the senior vice president of global government affairs and public affairs.

Tibbits, who has been at the company since 2014, most recently ran day-to-day efforts in the San Diego-based company’s D.C. outpost in an acting capacity.

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“He has led many impactful global government and public affairs initiatives, along with our government engagement strategy supporting our current regulatory and legal challenges,” Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg wrote in an email to staff on Wednesday.

“In his new role, Nate will oversee global government affairs and public affairs, leading a worldwide team with responsibility for the company’s public policy agenda and regulatory engagement on a range of priorities that are essential to the company and our future,” the email says.

The tech company is among the largest lobbying spenders in the tech and electronics industry, shelling out nearly $5.6 million to advocate before the federal government last year.

Prior to coming to Qualcomm, Tibbits had his own consulting shop called Blackwood Advisory and led the U.S. public affairs practice at global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.

Tibbits is also a former Obama administration official. In the White House, he served as an assistant to President Obama focused on presidential personnel, and was then appointed to serve as the executive secretary of the National Security Council.