SAN FRANCISCO— Sanjay Jha, who helped carve out Motorola Mobility from Motorola Inc. and served as CEO of the company since 2010, resigned Tuesday (May 22) as Google Inc. closed its $12.5 billion acquisition of the mobile handset maker.
Dennis Woodside, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as president of Google’s Americas region, replaces Jha as CEO of Motorola Mobility, Google said.
Jha, widely credited with leading a turnaround in Motorola's handset business in the later part of the last decade, will continue to work with Google to help ensure a smooth transition, Google said.
"Sanjay Jha, who was responsible for building the company and placing a big bet on Android, has stepped down as CEO," said Larry Page, Google's CEO, in a statement. "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."
Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open, Google said. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business, the company said.
Woodside said his aim was to focus Motorola Mobility's talent "on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world."
Woodside announced a host of executive appointments, including Regina Dugan, a former director of DARPA; Mark Randall, former supply chain vice president at Amazon and previously Nokia; Vanessa Wittman, former chief financial officer of Marsh & McLennan; Scott Sullivan, former head of human resources at Visa and Nvidia Corp., and Gary Briggs former vice president of consumer marketing at Google.
Woodside also said several members of Motorola Mobility's team would stay on in their current roles, including Vice President of Global Product Development Iqbal Arshad, Chief of Staff Marshall Brown and chief of sales Mark Shockley.
Jha, who joined Motorola in 2008, was formerly chief operating officer at mobile chip vendor Qualcomm Inc.
Google announced last August it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in a move seen as its boldest and most ambitious step into the mobile handset space. Google said Tuesday the acquisition would enable Google to "supercharge the Android ecosystem" and enhance competition in mobile computing.
Chipmonk. Droid was the secret to Motorola's rebirth. Prior to that, they were toast. And in the current smartphone market, without Droid, they would have been less than toast. Crumbs at most.
'Retirement' isn't a 'ding' for Jha, it is a cash event.
I assume that when the sale closes, we'll see disclosure on how much cash Sanjay Jha walks away with. My guess is that it will be enough that he will never have to think in terms of personal finance ever again.
Serves him ( Jha ) right for giving Google cred by jumping to Droid in preference over home grown Operating System and then letting them on to Moto's treasure trove ( 17,000 Patents ) ! ironic ? karma ?
@kinnar: you are basically saying that Motorola could/should replace Samsung as the manufacturer of the "official" Google smart phones, the Nexus series, and further improve on what has been done so far. Not a bad proposition...
Google should use this platform to design a completely compatible handset with the best possible qualitative output as compared with Apple iPhone. Due to total integration from Hardware to Software Apple is being able to provide a very quality piece of engineering. Google can also come out with this kind product over android using this purchase of Motorola Mobility.
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.