Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

Summary: Motorola said it will split into two separate companies in the first quarter of 2011, roughly a year from now.

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Motorola on Thursday said it will split into two separate companies in the first quarter of 2011, roughly a year from now.

The company had initially planned to spin off the mobile devices unit on its own. Now Motorola plans to spin off the mobile devices and home units into one company led by Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola. Jha will have a portfolio of mobile devices and home entertainment technology such as the company's set-top boxes.

The second company will comprise Motorola's enterprise mobility solutions and networks businesses (statement). That company will be led by Motorola co-CEO Greg Brown.

Brown and Jha will assume their roles as CEO of their respective divisions effective immediately.

Motorola shareholders will get shares of both companies via a tax-free stock dividend. Both companies will use the Motorola brand.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Wi-Fi

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  • Mobile devices and mobility solutions in separate companies

    Sounds like different priorities/timelines and an epic failure waiting to happen. What exactly is their definition of mobility solutions?
    Johnny Vegas
    • Definition of mobility solutions

      I guess that will be the products from Symbol (The company that Motorola acquired). Products like mobile PC, scanner, Wireless LAN.....
      bye_1981@...
      • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

        @bye_1981@...
        The way I understand it, the company Motorola will be split into 2 different companies, but both companies will still be seen by the general public as "Motorola". Though I guess they will be separate entities in the stock market.

        http://www.motorolaatrixforum.com/announcements-f8/motorola-targets-first-quarter-of-2011-for-split-into-two-t474.html

        Basically, for most people...just move on...you won't even notice when the split happens
        jakson0100
      • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

        @bye_1981@...
        The way I understand it, the company Motorola will be split into 2 different companies, but both companies will still be seen by the general public as "Motorola". Though I guess they will be separate entities in the stock market.

        http://www.motorolaatrixforum.com/announcements-f8/motorola-targets-first-quarter-of-2011-for-split-into-two-t474.html

        Basically, for most people...just move on...you won't even notice when the split happens
        jakson0100
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    Oh lovely. My stock will split from nothing to two sets of less than nothing. :-)
    Gis Bun
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    Hold on,
    Motorola bought out "enterprise mobility solutions" company Symbol not long ago. Does this see them split the old Symbol products out to a seperate business, dragging any old motoroal products that were caught up in the ride ? It can then rise or fall on its own without impacting the mobile phone side of the business - or am I a little cynical
    andygadget
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    yeah welllll. act like you didn't see it coming.
    varick
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    "Both are going to use the Motorola brand." Bet that
    won't cause problems. LOL
    shanedr
  • Re: Just Imagine

    So, in a little while, I'll have Motorola telling me to contact Motorola. Sounds like fun. Must be following HP support's plan (every product has it's own site). God forbid if you have crossover problems.
    sirpaul1
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    Back, not very long ago...
    Motorola was this large diverse company that
    had many divisions. When one division wasn't
    doing so well, some of the others were.
    This cookie has just about crumbled.
    davedp7
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    Hum, at least the last time Motorola split itself in two, it had the good sense to give the spun-off company its own name.
    lfmorrison
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    Sounds a bit like the AT&T split. When they split the telcos, Western Electric (manufacturing arm) and long distance kept the AT&T name, then they split off NCR which took part of the old Western Electric as well, then came Lucent which was mostly manufacturing, then they closed many of the old manufacturing plants, split Avaya off, and a couple other acquisitions were split back out as well. Lucent is primarily owned by the French Alcatel now, Avaya just bought was was left of Nortel a former competitor, and a long time ago part of AT&T. There aother parts that are leftover from the old AT&T empire, but I can't remember all of them. Even NEC, and Alcatel was partnered and partially owned by AT&T.
    dhays
  • HP

    AT least the Test Equipment that used to be HP's bread and butter don't carry that name any more (Agilent)
    dhays
  • From top of the heap to deep in the sewer

    I used to work for Motorola when they were at the top of the heap; world leader in cellular, strong competitor to Intel, and renowned for their respect of employees and being a great place to work.

    Motorola is now a textbook case of how arrogant and egotistical management can destroy even the largest and most successful companies.
    terry flores
    • I don't understand

      They're all six sigma blackbelts capable of leveraging existing synergies and continuous improvement to maximize ROI and capitalize on emerging megatrends with talent management.

      All the charts that the consultants sold them said they would grow by 500% for the next eleventy years.

      Must be the bad economy.
      crazydanr@...
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    Manglement in action. Too many Yes men/women and not enough critical questions.
    They promised the customers the moon and couldn't figure out why they were disappointed when they finally delivered a flashlight late...
    DS1Roger
  • RE: Motorola to split into two independent companies in 2011

    Very good for this brand.

    see : http://pankpondsysadmin.blogspot.com/
    pankpond@...