An old story:
When Bob started his employment at Motorola he was processed through the employment office, like anyone else. Entering the office, he saw a man sitting in the waiting room. The manager of the office, seeing Bob walk, in said "I can take you now, Mr Galvin." Bob replied "This fellow was first. I'll wait".
Motorola and Bob Galvin into the archives of electronics history. Somewhere along the path of growth the company (Motorola) became dated and renewal in the midst of the competition became insular. I would think Bob was dismayed to see the bits a pieces of his grand company sold or disbanded over time by those he left in charge.
Bob was not the flashy public spokesman that Steve Jobs was, but was nevertheless iconic in a different way. He presided over Motorola during its biggest growth period, when the company became a technology juggernaut -- in semiconductors and microprocessors, and in all kinds of radios, including of course the invention of cellular telephony and the first commercial cell phone and cellular network.
I would argue that would Steve Jobs and Apple have accomplished was made possible by what Bob Galvin and Motorola accomplished in an earlier era.
My personal vote for the proudest moment in company history: July 20, 1969, when the first words and TV pictures from the moon were beamed to Earth on a Motorola transponder designed & built in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Bob was truly a great CEO and the company did well to take advantage of emerging wireless technologies. Aiming the deterioration at Chris Galvin is not accurate. The tide started to turn based on decisions made while a guy named George was at the helm, IMHO.
In '90 Bob left Moto to lead SemaTech and appointed his son Chris as the CEO. From then on things went downhill at Moto. This was apparent to insiders long before Motorola's eventual disintegration.
The insider joke used to be that getting Bob Galvin to leave Moto and appoint Chris was all a deliberate Intel plot to overtake and destroy Motorola ( 68000 used to hold its own against x86 ) !
Bob Noyce was the SemaTech CEO before Galvin. Noyce the founder of Intel, was a smoker and had a heart attack while swimming in Austin.
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