Growth and continuous improvement watchwords for Tech Titans CEO of the Year

James Klein, President, Infrastructure and Defense Products, Qorvo, Inc.

by Melinda Guravich

As a champion of making real-time connectivity through RF a reality for the 5G market, Qorvo’s president of Infrastructure and Defense products, James Klein, is also making strides in increasing north Texas’ engineering footprint. Since he joined Qorvo in 2011, James has established Richardson as the business headquarters for its Infrastructure and Defense Products (IDP) group. He embraces a culture of lean and continuous improvement. The IDP business unit serves as a model for the rest of Qorvo.

Qorvo makes a better world possible by providing innovative radio frequency (RF) solutions at the center of connectivity. A past recipient of the Tech Titans Corporate Innovation Award, the company serves diverse, high-growth segments including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks, and defense radar and communications. With James’ strategic direction, IDP has delivered 13 consecutive quarters of double-digit, year-over-year sales growth leadership. IDP’s fiscal 2019 year revenue was $219 million.

Through James’ strategic leadership, the IDP group continues to achieve industry-leading breakthroughs. Its broad portfolio of industry-leading products and foundry services support applications including radar, next-generation base stations and optical communications. Recently, he helped lead Qorvo’s continued expansion into diverse, high-growth markets with the acquisition of Richardson-based Active-Semi. With this acquisition, Qorvo will enter into the $3 billion power management market.

IDP’s rapid growth has added more than 1,200 jobs to the Dallas area–from engineering to the manufacturing line. Qorvo has a significant presence in North Texas, with three facilities that are part of the IDP business unit, manufacturing up to 80 million components a week for the communications and defense industries. Qorvo is a dedicated supporter of the Tech Titans STEM workforce initiative; its employees have provided facility tours and presentations for hundreds of area students.

Under James’ direction, Qorvo has established technology and product leadership in Gallium Nitride (GaN), expanding defense uses in radar and electronic warfare to new commercial markets, including 5G base stations and cable networking.

Prior to joining Qorvo, James spent 13 years with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. He was the general manager for Raytheon’s Advanced Products Center, which led the design and manufacturing of RF subsystems and components for cutting-edge military equipment. Before assuming that role, Mr. Klein served as vice president of Mission Systems Integration for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.

He earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station. Today, he encourages students at his alma mater and elsewhere to pursue an electrical engineering track. He is the author of numerous publications in the area of microwave circuits.

James Klein will be honored as the Tech Titans CEO of the Year at the Aug. 23 Awards Gala.