Motorola names Rick Osterloh as its new President

by: Andrew GrushApril 9, 2014


There seems to be a fair share of uncertainty brewing over at Motorola these days. Not only did Google catch most of us off guard when it announced its plans to sell Motorola to Lenovo earlier this year, even their CEO Dennis Woodside recently announced he was jumping ship to work for Dropbox.

Rick Osterloh is officially taking Woodside’s place as the top-dog at Motorola

Despite the upcoming change of hands from Google and the loss of its CEO, Lenovo remains confident that it can help turn Motorola around quickly and has previously hinted about its plans to expand the brand into emerging markets in a more meaningful way.

As Motorola marches forward, it’s going to need a strong leader if it wants to keep up the momentum that it has generated over the last year or so. To that end, Motorola has now announced that Rick Osterloh is officially taking Woodside’s place as the top-dog at Motorola.

[quote qtext=”We are pleased to learn that Motorola has named Rick Osterloh to lead Motorola Mobility, effective today. Rick has a strong track record of success and delivering outstanding innovation for customers. He is a trusted, proven leader. We’re confident in his ability to not only manage a smooth transition at Motorola from Google to Lenovo but also to lead the business forward for continued growth.” qperson=”Liu Jun” qsource=”Lenovo executive VP” qposition=”left”]

It’s important to note that Osterloh is not titled as CEO, however, and is instead the president and chief operating officer of the company. Osterloh is no stranger to Motorola, and previously headed up the company’s product management group.

It’s hard to say whether or not Lenovo plans to keep Osterloh as Motorola’s head once the dust fully settles, though their initial comments seem to suggest it is certainly a possibility that Osterloh will continue to be a key part of Motorola during and after the transition to Lenovo.

Motorola still has a long road ahead

For Osterloh and company, Motorola still has a long journey ahead of it, and it’s still hard to say exactly what the company will look like a year from now, let alone five or ten years out.

To Motorola’s credit, they seem to be on the right path, even if it’s a slow-going one. In particular, Motorola has seen a great deal of success with its budget-oriented Moto G. Recently Motorola revealed the Moto G was the best-selling smartphone in the company’s history, beating out popular Droid devices even. Additionally, the Moto G has done very well in select European markets, with Motorola now controlling about 6% of the smartphone market in the UK.

Although the Moto 360 won’t arrive until sometime later this year, the initial excitement generated by the announcement of the company’s unique round smartwatch also seems like a good sign for the company.

What do you think, are you cautiously optimistic about the future of Motorola under Lenovo? Do you think that Osterloh is the right man to lead, or do you wish Woodside would have stayed on? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

  • Shark Bait

    I think lenovo are totally the wrong owners. Moto have some real positive momentum that could be great if they continue to be nurchered. Unfortunately I only see lenovo sticking the moto badge on their phones to sell them in the western world. Its a real shame……..

    • Luka Mlinar

      This didn’t happen and i don’t see why anyone would thing this is going to happen. Volkswagen owns both Skoda and Porsche. This fact never had an impact on the design philosophy of aether company. One sells cheap every day cars, other sells premium sports cars.

      • Shark Bait

        Terrible example, Skoda and Seat are just rebadged VW’s with slight modifications. Also the automotive industry is nothing like the fickle world of consumer electronics.

        My point is, lenovo phones dominate China, but they struggle to penetrate American and European markets. Thus they buy moto and use the brand to see lenovos phones here. I just don’t see them putting in the same effort Google did.

        I think someone like Dell, or HP or GE or Siemens, some one with big pockets, could really use moto and want them for the hood products they are producing to enter a market they have no foot hold in

        • thartist

          NOOO NOT HP! :P

          • Shark Bait

            haha they dont have a great track record do they

  • Anonymousfella

    Optimistic about their future. Can’t wait for Moto 360 and X2.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Wouldn’t really say he jumped ship. He made the company worth twic as less at it should have been. He played a long game in Google’s short chess move. Did everything except make the company profitable which opened a door for Lenovo.

  • Very excited for Motorola to continue their excellent momentum. Lenovo will keep the company intact, this I know for sure. Exciting things to come!

  • StraightEdgeNexus

    Pleas AA bring us the old UI. This one is seriously messy.

  • Thang Fozika