It’s official: Google completes Motorola acquisition, Dennis Woodside is Moto’s new CEO
After almost a year of negotiations, filing for approvals, and all the legal shenanigans that corporations must go through for a huge transaction to be sealed and done, Google and Motorola have finally got the last “blessing” they needed from the Chinese authorities.
It should come as no surprise therefore that Motorola Mobility’s acquisition has been very quickly made official, with Google finally paying that $40.00 per share in cash agreed a long time ago. Both Google and Motorola officials have announced that they are glad the deal has been closed and it’s now time to look towards the future of the new Moto.
Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s former CEO and the man who revived the company’s Mobile Devices business a few years back, has elegantly stepped down from his leading position, but will continue to work with Google “to help ensure a smooth transition”.
Jha’s replacement will be Dennis Woodside, the former President of Google’s Americas region. Woodside was selected to become the new Motorola CEO ever since February, when the Google-Motorola merger was approved in the US and Europe, but wasn’t technically able to fulfill any duties in his new position until now.
The new CEO’s resume is pretty impressive and, according to the official press release, he and his team have brought Google’s revenue from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in less than three years. His latest assignment at Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s company was handling Google’s Sales and Operations in the America, but he has worked and supervised business all around the world, from Africa to Europe, and from America to the Middle East.
Dennis Woodside’s new managerial team at Motorola is itself very impressive and will include former executives from companies like Amazon, Nokia, Visa or NVIDIA, as well as members of the Motorola Mobility’s executive team from before the merger.
Regina Dugan, former director of DARPA, is probably the most recognizable name from Woodside’s new team, but Mark Randall, Scott Sullivan, Gary Briggs, Marshall Brown and Iqbal Arshad will themselves play a very important role in Motorola’s development and progress over the next few years.
And talking about the future progress of Moto, we should tell you that Google’s officials have not announced any exact plans or projects just yet. However, the possibility of Motorola’s hardware department being sold to Huawei or any other company seems to have become more unlikely than ever, as Larry Page himself said that “It’s a great time to be in the mobile business, and I’m confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come.”
Dennis Woodside, Motorola Mobility’s new CEO, has made a couple of interesting statements as well, saying that “ our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world”.
Could one of that “wonderful devices” be a Nexus running Android Jelly Bean, as WSJ’s rumor stated a few days ago? We don’t know yet, but we are happy that the legal madness surrounding Motorola’s acquisition has finally been put to an end. As for Google’s future plans for Moto, we should wait, see and hope for the best, shouldn’t we?
Google Acquires Motorola Mobility
|MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 22, 2012 –Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) has closed, with Google acquiring MMI for $40.00 per share in cash.The acquisition will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.Sanjay Jha, who revived Motorola’s Mobile Devices business and led the company through this acquisition, has stepped down as CEO, although he will continue to work with Google to help ensure a smooth transition.
Dennis Woodside, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as President of Google’s Americas region, has become CEO of Motorola Mobility.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “I’m happy to announce the deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation. It’s a great time to be in the mobile business, and I’m confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come.
“Sanjay Jha, who was responsible for building the company and placing a big bet on Android, has stepped down as CEO. I would like to thank him for his efforts and am tremendously pleased that he will be working to ensure a smooth transition as long-time Googler Dennis Woodside takes over as CEO of Motorola Mobility.
“I’ve known Dennis for nearly a decade, and he’s been phenomenal at building teams and delivering on some of Google’s biggest bets. Dennis has always been a committed partner to our customers and I know he will be an outstanding leader of Motorola–and he’s already off to great start with some very strong new hires for the Motorola team.”
Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said: “Motorola literally invented the entire mobile industry with the first-ever commercial cell phone in 1983. Thirty years later, mobile devices are at the center of the computing revolution.
“Our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world.”
Dennis Woodside has hired a small number of leaders who will immediately join Motorola’s executive team, including Regina Dugan (former Director of DARPA), Mark Randall (former supply chain VP at Amazon and previously at Nokia), Vanessa Wittman (former CFO of Marsh & McLennan), Scott Sullivan (former head of HR at Visa and NVIDIA), and Gary Briggs (former Google VP of Consumer Marketing). In addition to these new leaders, many members of Motorola Mobility’s team will continue in their current roles: Iqbal Arshad (Product Development), Marshall Brown (Chief of Staff), Fei Liu (Mass Market Products), Dan Moloney (Home), Scott Offer (General Counsel), Mark Shockley (Sales), Mahesh Veerina (Software & Enterprise) and Jim Wicks (Consumer Experience Design).
Woodside added: “Motorola Mobility has many outstanding leaders, including people who were behind the original RAZR in 2004 and recent successes like the Droid and RAZR MAXX. Our colleagues joining the team come from varied backgrounds, from DARPA to Amazon and NVIDIA, but they all share a track record of leading innovation at speed, and a great deal of excitement about the mission ahead.”About Dennis Woodside
Dennis Woodside oversaw Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and is former President of Google’s Americas region. He has worked with partners, governments and advertisers in more than 30 countries. Most recently, Dennis was responsible for Google’s Sales & Operations in the Americas. In the U.S. alone, Dennis and his team drove revenue from $10.8 billion to $17.5 billion in under three years. He also was the lead business partner for Google’s advertising product development team, helping launch new ad products globally. Dennis started his career at the company spearheading investment across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was responsible for the overall go-to-market, product offering and acquisition strategies in these markets, which boasted a 20-fold increase during his tenure. Revenues grew to over $2 billion.About Google Inc.
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.Forward-Looking Statements
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