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Google Puts Stamp On Motorola

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