Sanjay Jha to step down as Motorola CEO after Google acquisition

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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10 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

2. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

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

4. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 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) :)

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

5. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 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...

9. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

have you heard of RAZR?

7. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

hell yeah now bring some moto to tmobile

8. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 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

10. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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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