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Iqbal Arshad

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Ex-Motorola, Google, Lenovo SVP of Global Product Development

Iqbal has extensive experience in leading start-up efforts, developing breakthrough technologies, building new product categories and leading businesses for iconic global technology brands. He was previously with Lenovo as Senior Vice President of the Mobile Business Group, overseeing technology, engineering and product development from 2014 to 2016, and with Google as SVP of engineering & product development from 2012 to 2014. Iqbal held key senior executive staff positions at Motorola Mobility responsible for leading company’s technology, engineering, products, & businesses from 2003 to 2012. He also previously held various technical, product and leadership positions at Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group, 3Com, and Watercove Networks.

Iqbal led and shaped the mobile landscape by creating numerous industry-first product categories, including the original Droid smartphone, Google's first Android tablet, the first round Android Wear smartwatch, and the first modular smartphone platform & ecosystem. He successfully created the Moto RAZR V3c/2, Droid, Moto X, Moto G, Moto Z, Moto MODs, Moto 360, Nexus 6, and iDEN PTT Push to Talk product franchises. He also led the creation of foundational 4G technology & chipsets, multiple software platforms, and generated the industry-leading intellectual property.

Iqbal built world-class multi-disciplined teams & sites in the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Korea, & China of over 5K talented scientists, hardware & software engineers, product managers, designers, manufacturing experts, leaders and support staff. He developed over 200 products, shipped 500M+ devices, generated $6-10B annual revenue, and managed $500M+ annual budget.

Iqbal was named among Crain’s Chicago Business' “40 Under 40.” He serves on Northwestern’s MEM, NUvention Transportation, & several early stage start-up advisory boards. He holds a BSEE from the University of Miami and a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University.


Iqbal is a member of the Illinois Innovation Council, Academy of Model Aeuronatics, and IEEE.


BS Electrical Engineering, University of Miami
Masters of Engineering Management, Northwestern University