Motorola Mobility promotes former Good, Skype exec to COO

Summary:Osterloh is a veteran not only of Silicon Valley but Motorola as well. Based on his resume, he is also quite experienced with leadership and industry shuffles.


Motorola Mobility looked within for its new chief operating officer and president with the appointment of Rick Osterloh.

Osterloh is a veteran not only of Silicon Valley but Motorola as well, and based on his resume, he is quite experienced with leadership and company shuffles.

He first joined the smartphone maker seven years ago when Motorola acquired by then-employer Good Technology in 2006, where he led product management.

With the shift to Motorola, he was soon spearheading software and operation delivery for Android

Osterloh left for a period of time to oversee product and design at Skype before the popular messaging service was bought up by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011.

Since returning to Motorola, Osterloh has served as senior vice president of product management at Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Mobility was acquired by Google in 2011 for $12.5 billion. The most recent turn of events involved Google jettisoning most of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo this past January for $2.91 billion.

Osterloh steps into the role of COO immediately, reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until the Lenovo acquisition is complete.

Since then, Motorola has been pressed with a few different C-level searches. At press time, there was also a conflict about exactly what Osterloh's new role at Motorola is.

In February, it was reported that CEO Dennis Woodside, who was appointed as company chief in 2012, was jumping ship to serve as COO over at Dropbox.

Amid Woodside's departure, Jonathan Rosenberg was designated as the new COO as of April 1. But Motorola's latest memo issued on Wednesday, penned by Rosenberg, clearly states something else:

We’re excited to announce that Rick Osterloh has been named as President and COO of Motorola Mobility. Rick will assume the role today, reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until the Lenovo acquisition is complete.

Other reports on Wednesday suggest that Lenovo leadership has pegged Osterloh as CEO, rather than COO. ZDNet has pinged Motorola Mobility for clarification, and we will update this post once we hear back.

UPDATE: Motorola confirmed that Rick Osterloh's new role is President and Chief Operating Officer.

Image via Motorola Mobility

Topics: Mobility, CXO, Lenovo, Smartphones, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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