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.