Dennis Woodside has been CEO of Motorola Mobility since Google bought the company in 2012. Since then, Motorola has produced two of 2013’s best smartphones – the Moto X and Moto G. That kind of excellence may very well continue after it’s sold to Lenovo, but Woodside won’t be along for the ride.
On the Motorola blog today, Woodside announced that he would stepping down as Motorola Mobility’s CEO at the end of March. At that time, he will join Dropbox as its COO. After his departure, Jonathan Rosenberg, SVP of Products at Google from 2002 to 2011, will take over as COO at Motorola Mobility.
Here are the full details:
To ensure that Motorola maintains its current momentum and successfully transitions to Lenovo ownership, Jonathan Rosenberg, a longtime Googler and SVP of Products from 2002 to 2011, will step in as COO at Motorola Mobility as of April 1. Jonathan worked very closely with me to build the leadership team at Motorola and has been intimately involved in steering business and product decisions alongside with the current leadership team. Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora will remain Executive Chairman of the Motorola Operating Board, and continue to oversee the strategy.
Even with Woodside gone, it sounds like Motorola will keep doing what it does best – make phones. It’s unknown if the company will have anything on display for this year’s Mobile World Congress as it prepares for the move to Lenovo, but it could very well be the last product unveiling under Woodside. Here’s hoping Motorola shares more info on its ambitious modular smartphone concept.
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