Google to Replace Motorola Mobility CEO

Peter Burrows, Brian Womack, and Hugo Miller, reporting for Bloomberg:

Google Inc., which won U.S. approval for its acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., is close to naming Dennis Woodside to run the business when the deal closes, three people familiar with the matter said.

Woodside, who led Google’s ad sales in the Americas before leaving that job to oversee the merger, would succeed Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha, said the people, who declined to be named because the decision isn’t public.

No surprise. The only success Jha had at Motorola was forcing Google to buy them by threatening an all-out patent war against other Android handset makers.

Not sure what to make of the fact that they’re replacing him with an ad sales guy.

Thursday, 23 February 2012