Google Replacing Motorola Mobility CEO After Acquisition?

Three people close to Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility told Bloomberg that the search engine giant will likely name Dennis Woodside as the new Motorola Mobility CEO when the deal actually closes.

Woodside, who led Google's ad sales in the Americas before stepping down to oversee the merger, would replace current Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, the unnamed sources said. Woodside reportedly emerged as the favorite out of a short list of three chosen to take the position including Motorola Mobility senior vice president Christy Wyatt, and Chief Strategy Officer John Bucher.

Both Google and Motorola Mobility declined to comment on the report, although the latter added that the company is "focused on running the business and getting the deal closed and wouldn’t comment beyond that on executive changes." Google simply doesn't comment on rumor or speculation.

So far Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion -- which includes obtaining more than 17,000 patents -- has just recently been given the green light by both the United States and European Union. The only factor that stands in the way of a closed deal is China who must also approve the transaction before the deal can be completed.

Woodside currently answers to Google CEO Larry Page and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette as part of his role in leading the transition. Woodside took over as president of the Americas region back in 2009 once Tim Armstrong left Google to become AOL Inc's new CEO.

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  • this makes no sense to me....google acquired Motorola yet they let Samsung build their new smartphone....i am very confused .....am i missing something here....is Samsung that much better or is it cheap labor?
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  • nebunthis makes no sense to me....google acquired Motorola yet they let Samsung build their new smartphone....i am very confused .....am i missing something here....is Samsung that much better or is it cheap labor?

    The Google/Motorola merger is still not complete, and the clearance was only given this month, which means the deal could have never happened in the first place, so Motorola was not yet part of Google when the last Google Android reference platforms were created.

    Also, even after the merger, it will take a while for the two companies to actually "sync up", up to a year, at least. So, for the time being, Motorola still pretty much acts as a totally independent company.

    Nobody really knows how Google chooses its partners for new Android reference platforms, but they seem to tend to "stick" with a chosen manufacturer if they like it once, hence why Samsung was chosen twice already.

    Probably by the time Android 5 comes along Motorola will be fully integrated into Google and we'll be able to see a top-to-bottom "Google" phone/tablet (hopefully), but until then it will be business as usual, I think.

    Cheers.

    Miguel
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  • "China who must also approve the transaction before the deal can be completed."

    WTF happened to this world ?
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