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Rita Buffington

Senior Director, Learning

Rita Buffington heads up the learning and development function for Qualcomm. Her scope includes talent identification and development, management and leadership development, executive development, employee professional development and learning operations for Qualcomm’s 31,000 plus audience. Buffington leads the global learning team, which provides employee development services in Asia-Pacific, India, Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

The award-winning Qualcomm Learning Center operates as an internal consulting function within the organization, providing business divisions with innovative solutions in learning and organizational development that impact business results. The team works with leaders to identify and develop talent to meet their business needs. New learning solutions implemented by the team include an employee app store, mobile learning content and applications and the implementation of a new social learning portal that puts employees in the center of their own learning journey.

Prior to Qualcomm, Buffington was a member of Booz Allen’s learning team, leading regional learning for the firm. Buffington began her career as a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer and spent the majority of her active duty military service leading teams in the development and delivery of specialized training for Navy audiences, from junior sailors to senior executives. Buffington is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.