Assemblyman and former mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced Thursday that he will be taking a post at Qualcomm when his term ends next month.
Rumors have been swirling about the charismatic politician's next role ever since he lost in June's primary mayoral election. Fletcher left the GOP midway through the race, and has registered as a non-partisan voter.
Fletcher made the announcement on his Facebook that he will be the Senior Director of Corporate Development for the company after his term as Assemblyman ends December 2.
“During my time in public office, I had the opportunity to get to know the culture and the character of Qualcomm," Fletcher wrote. "Whether helping female entrepreneurs in Indonesia, assisting disadvantaged communities across America, or creating jobs in San Diego, I have always been impressed with the Qualcomm approach as well as their philosophy and values as an employer."
His new roles will include developing "global strategies" for wireless health initiatives, mobile education and the protection of intellectual property.
The statement made clear the position will not involve lobbying or government relations.
Paul Jacobs, the chairman and CEO of Qualcomm said he was thrilled to have Fletcher join the company.
“Nathan Fletcher has tremendous talent, a great mind for business and shares our vision about the potential for technology and innovation,” said Dr. Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm.
Fletcher currently represents the 75th District of the California State Assembly. This includes areas such as Escondido and Poway.
Many San Diegans became acquainted with Fletcher when he helped pass Chelsea's Law in honor of Poway teen Chelsea King, who was brutally raped and murdered in 2010.