Google to replace Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha


Google, would be replacing the present CEO of Motorola Mobility – Sanjay Jha. Sanjay had joined Motorola Mobility in 2008, and is credited to have been “a driving force behind the turnaround of the Mobile Devices business and its subsequent combination with the Home business”. The turnaround enabled Motorola to spin off Motorola Mobility on Jan. 4, 2011 as an independent, publicly traded company.

Prior to joining Motorola Mobility, Sanjay served as chief operating officer of Qualcomm Inc. He also served as president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, a chipset and software division. He holds a doctorate degree in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

Mid February 2012, it was reported that US Department of Justice had approved Google’s buyout of Motorola Mobility.  The $ 12.5 Billion deal has been understood to be mostly – a patent purchase. Motorola owns 17,000 patents related to mobile technology that Google requires to fight back in opposition to the likes of Apple and other giants. Though both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have approved the deal, Google still needs approval from China, Taiwan, and Israel before the deal is finalized.

Dennis Woodside, a Google veteran is expected take over the role once the deal is finalised.

It is reported that Google Inc, would be naming Dennis Woodside to run the business when the deal closes. Woodside was leading the Motorola Mobility’s integration into Google last September, post announcement of the buyout. 

Woodside was most recently President of the Americas region at Google.  Dennis, joined Google in 2003, and he has been in his present role since March 2009. He served as Vice President of UK Benelux and Ireland of Google, Inc. until March 17, 2009. Prior to Google, Woodside served as an Associate Partner at McKinsey and Company.

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