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
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.?