Executive who helped design the Motorola DROID, Moto G and Moto 360 is leaving the company

Executive who helped design the Motorola DROID, Moto G and Moto 360 is leaving the company
Motorola Mobility is losing an executive who had a hand in designing many of the company's most popular phones, and its first smartwatch. Jim Wicks, who has led the design team at Motorola for a dozen years, is leaving Motorola Mobility next month for Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering. At Motorola, Wicks got to work on the design of some of Motorola's most popular cellphones including the Motorola RAZR and the Motorola DROID. The latter was the handset that kicked off 'Androidmania' when it was launched in November of 2009. He also was involved in designing the Motorola Moto G and the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch.

Replacing Hicks will be Ruben Castano, who originally joined Motorola in 2005 as a design manager working out of Chicago. Three years later he was promoted to Design Director which resulted in a move to Beijing. Four years later he was back in Chicago as Senior Design Director before transferring to Sao Paulo in 2014.

Hicks' departure follows the exit of Motorola president Rick Osterloh, who left the company at the end of March. Osterloh has since been tabbed by Google to run the company's hardware division. His departure left no obstacles in the way for corporate parent Lenovo to fully control Moto's smartphone business. The China based manufacturer, which was practically unknown in the west when it purchased IBM's personal computer business in 2005, paid Google $2.91 billion for Motorola early in 2014.

source: Crain's via SlashGear



1. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

oh geez, how will I sleep at night now.

8. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Me too anyone else??? Ahhhhhh sleepy time

2. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

PA is reporting as if this executive is mainly responsible for design. It is mostly few lower level Engineers in his team who might have contributed more than this guy on the design.!

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

As if anyone cares..


Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

This is what happens when you remove the headphone jack.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Motorola is dead.

6. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

All moto phones look the same for years. So why pay for a designer. Recycle the same design for another decade.

7. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

I had the original moto droid in 2011 with Verizon and was a decent device for the time back than, if you look at Apple they've been the same too, just bigger

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

next moto 360 will have square button, lol.

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