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Motorola CEO Finalizes Goodbye, Leaves the Company In Good Hands He Says

February 13, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

As Google has said Goodbye to Motorola, Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s CEO, had recently announced last night that he would be leaving the company, in favor of becoming the new COO at the popular cloud based storage company Dropbox. So Google says goodbye to Motorola, and Dennis Woodside did the same. He makes mention of the mobile device manufacturer being left in “great hands” under Lenovos care, and that he is very hopeful and optimistic of Motorola’s future with them. Well put Mr. Woodside, as are we. At least, we hope they can pull something amazing out of their hats. The announcement that Woodside would be leaving Motorola certainly was a surprise, but he didn’t just up and leave as he took the time to write out a formal explanation to shed some light on his decision to exit the company. Since Woodside is no longer going to be the CEO of Motorola, the question of who would take over at the helm as they transition over to Lenovo fully has been answered. Jonathan Rosenburg who has been employed at Google for years, will assume the position of COO at Motorola while the change happens between both companies. This role change for Rosenburg won’t actually happen till April 1st, so as laid out in Woodside’s letter to the public, Woodside will remain CEO of the company until the end of March.

We almost shutter to think what Motorola might become without Woodside, as the company saw an uplift under his leadership. Perhaps Lenovo will take care of the once great phone manufacturer though and make them great once again. We have the entire letter from Woodside listed here if you hadn’t already seen it on the Motorola Blog, one of our favorite parts in particular is where Dennis Woodside refers to fans of the Motorola brand as “Motorolans”.

My Departure From Motorola 

“At the end of March I will step down from my post as CEO at Motorola Mobility to join Dropbox as COO. This was not an easy decision to make, but I leave knowing that Motorola is in great hands – now and in the future. In the last 18 months, Motorolans have built two of the company’s best loved phones ever, introduced customization to the industry, brought unprecedented quality and performance to a value-priced smartphone, and created experiences that changed how people use and interact with their smartphones.It was a reinvention the likes of which many 85-year-old brands could not have achieved. And it was astonishing to be a part of.I’m excited about what the next chapter in Motorola’s storied history will bring under the new ownership of Lenovo. While Google imbued simplicity and software sensibility into the company, Lenovo will bring it the scale it deserves. I have no doubt the two companies together will be a force for good in the mobile industryTo ensure that Motorola maintains its current momentum and successfully transitions to Lenovo ownership, Jonathan Rosenberg, a longtime Googler and SVP of Products from 2002 to 2011, will step in as COO at Motorola Mobility as of April 1. Jonathan worked very closely with me to build the leadership team at Motorola and has been intimately involved in steering business and product decisions alongside with the current leadership team. Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora will remain Executive Chairman of the Motorola Operating Board, and continue to oversee the strategy. With their support, the entire Motorola management team remains focused on our current strategy and on creating great mobile devices that deliver the mobile Internet to millions more people around the world. That’s something we can all rally behind.Sincerely,
Dennis Woodside”So there you have it. Come the end of next month Woodside will no longer be the head of Motorola. Even though this is a slightly sad thing, we wish Mr. Woodside all the best and we’re sure he’ll flourish at Dropbox. What do you think about Dennis Woodside leaving Motorola? Without his guidance do you fear the company is doomed? Or are you hopeful that Lenovo will lead Motorola out of the darkness.?