Google Puts Stamp On Motorola

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Mountain View, Calif. - Google closed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, named a Google executive to replace Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, and hired other new members to Motorola's executive team.

The new CEO, Dennis Woodside, promised "to focus Motorola Mobility's remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world."

Woodside oversaw integration planning for the acquisition and was former president of Google's Americas region.

Jha will continue to work with Google to help ensure a smooth transition, Google said.

Google reiterated its promise to operate Motorola as "a separate business" after acquiring it for $40 per share in cash. The deal closed days after China approved the deal. U.S. and European Union officials approved the deal in February.

Google also said Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and reiterated its promise that "Android will remain open." The acquisition, Google also contended, "will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing."

New executive team members hired by Woodside include Regina Dugan, former director of DARPA; Mark Randall, former supply chain VP at Amazon and previously at Nokia; Vanessa Wittman, former chief financial officer of Marsh & McLennan; Scott Sullivan, former head of human resources at Visa and Nvidia; and Gary Briggs, former Google consumer marketing VP.

 Motorola executives who will continue in their current positions are Iqbal Arshad in product development, Marshall Brown as chief of staff, Fei Liu in mass market products, Dan Moloney in home products, Scott Offer as general counsel, Mark Shockley in sales, Mahesh Veerina in software and enterprise, and Jim Wicks in consumer experience design.


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