Miles Kirby is currently senior director of Business Development in the Corporate R&D (CR&D) group at Qualcomm. His role includes driving the Innovation Engine program, as well as business development efforts for CR&D. The Innovation Engine program is a method by which Qualcomm derives insights into the future and then leverages this vision into the development of new concepts and programs that will add significant value to Qualcomm 5-10 years out. The eZone wireless charging technology was developed as a result of this effort.
Prior to his CR&D role, Miles was senior director of Product Management for the QMT MEMS display division, where he led the product management function.
Before QMT, Miles served as director of Business Development in the Qualcomm Ventures group, leading investments, supporting portfolio companies, and investigating new investment areas and opportunities for Qualcomm. Miles led the first Qualcomm investment in Iridigm in April 2002 and worked closely with Iridigm through its acquisition, which was the foundation for the QMT business unit.
Miles originally joined Qualcomm in 1997, and has worked in the Qualcomm handset division and the Ford/Qualcomm joint venture Wingcast, as well as in the Government Systems Group, and worked on the initial commercialization of QChat as the program emerged from a government contract.
Prior to Qualcomm, Miles held product management, application engineering, and research and development positions for companies in the telecom and automotive industries.
Miles received an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor's degree in Electronic and Communications Engineering with honors from Bristol University, U.K.