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Motorola's U.K. chief quits after being told of Lenovo buy just 30 minutes before it was announced

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Motorola's U.K. chief quits after being told of Lenovo buy just 30 minutes before it was announced
If you were the top executive in your company's U.K. subsidiary, would you be upset to find out that the entire company had been sold just 30 minutes before the deal was announced? That is what happened to Motorola UK’s managing director Andrew Morley. Morely was with Motorola for seven years, and was the top man on the totem pole since 2010. That means he lived through the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google in 2011, and might have made it through the Lenovo deal had he not resigned.

Among Morley's achievements at Motorola was the creation of the "Life Empowered" marketing campaign. Yet, the reward for all of his hard work was to be told about the Lenovo acquisition just 30 minutes before the deal went public. Morley apparently believes that a number of Motorola employees will follow him out of the company. He says that many people stuck around at the company because it was owned by Google. But with that "incentive" gone, there is no longer any reason for these people to stay.

That's not to say that Morley doesn't expect the deal to pan out. He expects the deal to be a successful one for Lenovo. In the meantime, Motorola will count on Marcus Frost to handle UK marketing responsibilities while the company searches for a replacement for Morley. He becomes the second big name to leave Motorola this year, following CEO Dennis Woodside's departure to become COO at Dropbox back in February.

source: TheGuardian

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posted on 15 Apr 2014, 05:56 1

1. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Someone got pissed...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 05:57 1

2. LoveHater (Posts: 156; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


More proof that Moto good days short lived ,,now with this Chinese OEM ,,days are over

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 06:25 3

4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 397; Member since: 24 May 2011)


I wouldn't say that just yet. Remember when TATA bought JLR, people said the same thing. But now those companies have grown and prospered like anything.
If lenovo keeps it simple by providing funding and keeping Motorola in motorolas hands, this might turn out great.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:53 7

9. JC557 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Lenovo didn't really change anything when it acquired the Thinkpad line from IBM. Those laptops are solidly built and very reliable. If they do the same with Motorola then I don't see the brand going anywhere.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 06:21 3

3. surethom (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Was he any use anyway, most he did not get the 32gb Moto X launching in the UK only the low 16gb version, so what did he do anyway????

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 06:38 1

5. davidtb (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


It would appear he drank the Google flavored Kool-Ade.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 08:04 1

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I seriously believe that if motorola were in google hands for a little years more it would have given birth to even more innovative ideas like project Ara and excellent phones like Moto X and Moto G.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:42 2

7. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 510; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Rage quit, the corporate way.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 13:10

10. genkidama20 (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Yes, best comment of the day.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:15 2

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Google should of just purchase the PATENTS not buy its hardware division now i see why he is piss off

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 15:27

11. corporateJP (Posts: 1570; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Moto is now Chinese, Nokia (handsets) soon to be American.
You want American Moto still? Buy some two-way radio's...XD

Irony...LOL.

Nokia always made products that were of better design, build and quality (forget the current OS) than Moto. Fair trade..

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