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BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR BLAKE HANSON


Google doesn’t own Motorola Mobility yet, but it looks like it’s already planning some big changes. Bloomberg reports as soon as the deal closes, Google will be replacing Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha with one of its own.

“Sources tell Bloomberg that Google is close to naming Dennis Woodside as CEO of Motorola Mobility. He’s the Google executive who oversaw the $12 billion deal for Motorola. He’d replace Sanjay Jha.”

Woodside is a longtime Googler. Bloomberg reports he joined the company in 2003. He was in charge of Google’s American ad sales before he took charge of the Motorola acquisition. But Android and Me says even with that resume, the rumor mill hadn’t pegged him as the new CEO.

“Previous rumors had suggested that Google would appoint Nikesh Arora to run Motorola after their acquisition deal closed. In that scenario Woodside would have taken Arora’s job, but it appears that he somehow leapfrogged him.”

But Wired says it’s not the name of the person running Motorola that’s important. If they’re straight from Google, they’re going to raise some eyebrows no matter what.

“Google could give preferential treatment to its own device division, treating its other partners as secondary or even leaving them out in the cold. Google had initially pledged that it wouldn’t treat Motorola any differently from any other hardware partner. But it can’t replace any of its other partners’ CEOs.”

On its own page about the merger, Google says Android will remain an open ecosystem. The plan is to run Motorola separately from the rest of Google’s operations, and Google says it will continue to work with the other Android device manufacturers.

And Phone Arena says — that’s good news for Android.

“We imagine that this was one of those decisions that was going to hurt somebodies [sic] feelings no matter what. What’s more important is it demonstrates that Google expects a Motorola management that is more aligned with Google’s vision of Android over the long haul...”

U.S. and EU regulators have green-lit the GoogaRola deal, but Google is still waiting on clearance from the Chinese Commerce Ministry to proceed with the acquisition.

 

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Feb 24, 2012

Report: Google to Replace Motorola CEO

(Image source: Android and Me)

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR BLAKE HANSON


Google doesn’t own Motorola Mobility yet, but it looks like it’s already planning some big changes. Bloomberg reports as soon as the deal closes, Google will be replacing Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha with one of its own.

“Sources tell Bloomberg that Google is close to naming Dennis Woodside as CEO of Motorola Mobility. He’s the Google executive who oversaw the $12 billion deal for Motorola. He’d replace Sanjay Jha.”

Woodside is a longtime Googler. Bloomberg reports he joined the company in 2003. He was in charge of Google’s American ad sales before he took charge of the Motorola acquisition. But Android and Me says even with that resume, the rumor mill hadn’t pegged him as the new CEO.

“Previous rumors had suggested that Google would appoint Nikesh Arora to run Motorola after their acquisition deal closed. In that scenario Woodside would have taken Arora’s job, but it appears that he somehow leapfrogged him.”

But Wired says it’s not the name of the person running Motorola that’s important. If they’re straight from Google, they’re going to raise some eyebrows no matter what.

“Google could give preferential treatment to its own device division, treating its other partners as secondary or even leaving them out in the cold. Google had initially pledged that it wouldn’t treat Motorola any differently from any other hardware partner. But it can’t replace any of its other partners’ CEOs.”

On its own page about the merger, Google says Android will remain an open ecosystem. The plan is to run Motorola separately from the rest of Google’s operations, and Google says it will continue to work with the other Android device manufacturers.

And Phone Arena says — that’s good news for Android.

“We imagine that this was one of those decisions that was going to hurt somebodies [sic] feelings no matter what. What’s more important is it demonstrates that Google expects a Motorola management that is more aligned with Google’s vision of Android over the long haul...”

U.S. and EU regulators have green-lit the GoogaRola deal, but Google is still waiting on clearance from the Chinese Commerce Ministry to proceed with the acquisition.

 

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