Motorola tapped Breen as COO last October, a position that requires him to report to CEO Christopher Galvin. Bob Growney, the former COO and board member since 1997, will stay on the board in the new role of vice chairman until his retirement on March 31.
Motorola announced Wednesday that Edward Breen assumed his role as COO of the company as of Jan. 1 and was also elected to its board of directors. Breen served as CEO of General Instrument and became an executive vice president at Motorola and headed its broadband division when the two companies merged in January 2000. Breen acquired more responsibility when he led the networking unit, which includes broadband as well as other segments like global telecommunications.