Thursday, February 23, 2012

Google Close to Appointing New Motorola Mobility CEO

Google Motorola MobilityGoogle just recently won U.S. approval to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Incorporated. In response to that decision the company is very close to naming Dennis Woodside as head of the entire operation once it is ready according to a statement from three individuals who are very close to the project.

Woodside was in charge of heading up Google's ad sales in America before changing jobs to oversee this new merger. If he gets the job, Woodside would succeed Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, according to the insiders, who also declined to be named due to the fact that the decision has yet to be made public officially. Woodside is viewed as a favorite from a list of candidates that includes Christy Wyatt, Motorola Mobility Vice President and CSO John Bucher.

Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. With this deal the company will benefit from Motorola's more than 17,000 patents which will help defend against legal challenges to Google's Android mobile phone software. Spokeswoman for Google Jill Hazelback states, "The company doesn't comment on rumor or speculation. The acquisition hasn't closed." Motorola Spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson also declined to comment on the news saying, "We're focused on running the business and getting the deal closed and wouldn't comment beyond that on executive changes."

Earlier in the month Google was given acceptance to acquire Motorola Mobility from both Europe and the United States and is currently waiting on approval from China. Once China gives the o.k., Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility will be complete and we can expect to see new things from the company in terms of mobile connectivity.

Source: Engadget - Google 'close' to picking new Motorola Mobility CEO, say the usual gang of sources
Bloomberg - Google to Replace Motorola Mobility CEO

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