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>> Who's in, who's out at Motorola
Crain's Chicago Business
May 22. 2012
Google Inc. wasted no time in re-engineering the management team at Motorola Mobility Inc. after closing the $12.5 billion deal, which was announced in August.
The leadership is a mix of Google insiders, imports and Motorola veterans. However, the company's center of gravity appears destined to continue its shift toward California that began under CEO Sanjay Jha, who joined Motorola nearly four years ago.
Dennis Woodside, a former head of sales for Google who headed the transition team for the Motorola deal, will be CEO, replacing Mr. Jha. He's joined by Gary Briggs, former Google vice president of consumer marketing, who led the Chrome browser push.
From the outside, Mr. Woodside has brought in Mark Randall, an Amazon.com and Nokia veteran, to run supply chain and operations; Vanessa Wittman, from Marsh & McClennan, will be chief financial officer; Scott Sullivan, who worked at Visa and chipmaker Nvidia, will manage human resources. Regina Duncan, who worked at Darpa, will run an R&D team to come up with new technology and products.
But several Motorolans have senior product roles. Iqbal Arshad, who led development of the original Droid smartphone, will run product development; Jim Wicks, who joined Motorola in 2001 from Sony, will continue to oversee product design; Mahesh Veerina, who joined Motorola in a 2010 acquisition, will lead software; Mark Shockley heads up sales; Marshall Brown continues as chief of staff; and Scott Offer remains chief counsel. Dan Moloney continues to run the set-top box business.
"This is good for Motorola," said James Schrager, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. "When new people come in and wipe out all the old team, it's not a good sign."
Top executives who are leaving the company include Christy Wyatt, senior vice president of enterprise software; Juergen Stark, chief operating officer; Alain Mutricy, who oversaw product management; Scott Crum, head of human resources; Marc Rothman, chief financial officer; and Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer, who joined Motorola from Samsung in 2009 before the phone unit was separated from the public-safety business. Two of Mr. Jha's lieutenants — Dale Stone, head of government relations, and John Bucher, chief strategy officer — also are leaving.
"They want to improve things but not rock the boat too heavily," said Roger Entner, CEO of Recon Analytics, a Boston-based consulting firm. "The worst thing that could happen is they take over and the bottom falls out."
Mr. Woodside is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Other managers will remain in Libertyville, the company says. Under Mr. Jha, much of Motorola's senior leadership team quietly shifted to San Diego, where he lived and Motorola employs about 700 people.
Google is finalizing plans to move its Illinois employees downtown in an effort to attract additional talent and shake up Motorola's staid culture, a source familiar with the plans says. It's looking for about 500,000 square feet of space at several locations, including the Merchandise Mart. The company declines to comment on a possible move.
The challenge for Mr. Woodside, a former McKinsey consultant who joined Google in 2003, is integrating the cultures of the two companies. He also will have to balance the challenge of running a phone business within Google as the search-engine giant tries to keep other hardware makers using its Android software and not defecting to Microsoft's WindowsPhone platform.
"Google is far more risk-taking and entrepreneurial," said Tom Kuczmarski, an innovation consultant and lecturer at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. "Motorola has been engineering-based. Google is far more extroverted." ###
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