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Motorola’s Punit Soni announces his departure from the company

Motorola fans will be saddened to know that Motorola VP Punit Soni has announced he is leaving the company.
September 17, 2014


Motorola has come a long way in recent times, rebuilding its global reputation in large part thanks to its focus on timely updates, aggressive pricing and user experience over simply engaging in a spec war. Part of this formula of success can no doubt be attributed to Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP of Product Management. That’s why this news is particularly sad for fans of the Moto Maker — Soni has now announced on his Google+ account that he has departed from Motorola.

The now former Motorola VP doesn’t give any reason as to why he’s leaving or where he might be going, but there’s already plenty of speculation buzzing around the web that is departure has something to do with the Google-Lenovo deal. Here’s the full statement taken from his G+ page:

I still remember the first time I went to Libertyville, Illinois to visit the Motorola Campus. There was this sense of awe at being in a company whose invention, the cell phone, would forever change the world.
For the next couple of years, we worked hard to marry the agility of a modern internet services company with the legacy of the greatest telecommunications company in the world. We crafted a new portfolio of products, we rebuilt our software stack, we launched the Moto X, then G and then E. Motorola is now firmly on the path of regaining its place as one of the most relevant companies of the mobile era.
Today I am announcing my departure from Motorola after a couple of amazing years in the best job I have ever had.
I have had the fortune of working with an amazing Product team under the leadership of +Rick Osterloh, someone who taught me more about being a leader than anyone ever has. Also special gratitude to +Vic Gundotra, +Bradley Horowitz, +Jonathan Rosenberg, +Dennis Woodside, and +Lior Ron for their support and for pointing me in the right direction. This gig was not possible without them. To my Software PM team who I love, stay true to the mission. And to Motorolans, you are truly the best mobile team in the world. It is reflected in the quality of your products.
And finally, thanks to you, the users who embraced our work and personally supported me. Most of our software was the result of the direct dialogue we had with each other. Thanks for your patience and support.

For those that haven’t closely followed Motorola’s rise back into the spotlight, Soni has been the public face of the company since he first arrived after essentially being dropped into the company by Google (his then-employer). He has been around for the launch of the Moto X, the Moto G, and has been extremely involved with the Moto community, responding actively to fans on G+. In short, his leaving doesn’t bode well for the company. Here’s to hoping that even without Soni, Motorola can continue on the path that has already been started for them with solid devices like the Moto X and Moto G.

What do you think of the news, does it all change your opinion of Motorola and its future under Lenovo?