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Sanjay Jha to step down as Motorola CEO after Google acquisition

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Sanjay Jha to step down as Motorola CEO after Google acquisition
Now that Google’s purchase of Motorola has passed almost all of the regulatory hurdles in its way, it’s time to start thinking about the future of the company under Google’s stewardship. According to unnamed sources speaking to Bloomberg, Google has spent quite a lot of time pondering that very subject, and the shakeup of Motorola will start at the top: with Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha.

His replacement will apparently be Senior Google VP Dennis Woodside, who has been overseeing the transition of the two companies. As part of the process Woodside has been reporting directly to Google CEO Larry Page, so it would appear that Woodside has been practicing for his new role for some time.

Rumors had been circulating for a while that Google would appoint a new CEO to run Motorola after the deal closes, but previous speculation had centered on another Senior VP, Nikesh Arora, who ran Google’s international business divisions after Eric Schmidt stepped down as Google’s CEO. Arora had been on the short list of CEOs for Yahoo, and it was thought that he may have stayed on at Google to move into the CEO spot at Motorola.

We imagine that this was one of those decisions that was going to hurt somebodies feelings no matter what. What’s more important is it demonstrates that Google expects a Motorola management that is more aligned with Google’s vision of Android over the long haul, which may mean more stock Android and less Motoblur in the future.

Either way, we’re excited to see what products emerge from soon-to-be  minted Googlerola in the coming years.

source: Bloomberg via Droid-Life

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posted on 23 Feb 2012, 13:36 4

1. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i thought that Jha did a really good job at Moto. adopting android was arguably the biggest and best move moto has made in a long long time.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:56 2

6. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Totally agree. He did a fantastic job bringing Moto back to life. I said this a little while back- he will be out of a job only for as long as he wants to be. Someone will jump at the chance to get this guy and his proven track record.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 13:42 1

2. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


I may actually contemplate buying a Moto Nexus if that's what goes down this Christmas. Slap an OMAP5 in that bitch.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 15:44 2

4. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...even now if Moto releases Razr Maxx with stock build on all carriers...its gonna dent sales of some existing android top seller...SGS2...I own SGS2 and its excellent device...but have wish to buy razr maxx once before I upgrade to SGS3 (in future) :)

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 13:42 2

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Jha made some great decisions as CEO, but more recently hasn't seemed to do much to keep the company on track. I think it'll be good to see what a new CEO and team of executives can bring to the table.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:52 1

5. sonisoe (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 May 2009)


now google needs to hire someone who can really designs beautiful hardware... never had a moto handset of any kind because while the build quality may be top notch, the design is a lot to expect... hopefully someone from nokia or sonyericsson will join...

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 10:15

9. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


have you heard of RAZR?

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 10:41

7. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


hell yeah now bring some moto to tmobile

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:36

8. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


He is a great CEO Motorola did some great phones under him especially the razr. Bad move by Google cause I think many companies will be looking forward to him

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 10:17

10. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


agreed, it's kinda sad to see him going off like that.. he has directed the company to where it is now, among the top dogs.. hopefully he will be hired by other manufacturers and his expertise will continue to live on in the industry..

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