Google reportedly will name new Motorola Mobility CEO

Summary:Chances are good that a new CEO for Motorola Mobility is likely to align hardware assets more closely with Google's ad business.

Google is set to name Dennis Woodside CEO of Motorola Mobility, according to a report.

Bloomberg is reporting that the search giant will replace current Motorola Mobility Sanjay Jha with Woodside. Woodside has been overseeing the Motorola purchase and has led Google's ad sales in the Americas.

The move to push Jha aside comes as Google won approval from U.S. and European regulators to close the Motorola purchase for $12.5 billion. On one hand, Jha's ouster isn't that surprising. CEOs of acquired companies often head for the exits. On the flip side, Jha was widely respected and credited with reviving Motorola Mobility with a big bet on Android.

With the Motorola Mobility purchase, Google gets patents, smartphone operations as well a large set-top box installed based. Chances are good that Woodside is likely to align those assets more closely with Google's ad business.



Topics: Security, Google, Mobility, Wi-Fi


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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