Back in February it was announced that the current CEO of Motorola, Dennis Woodside, was leaving the company and heading over to Dropbox in due time. Which we all thought was due to Lenovo buying Motorola. And it still could be. Today, Motorola announced that Rick Osterloh is now the President and COO at Motorola Mobility. Osterloh had been the Senior Vice President of Product for Motorola, that was until today. What this means is that Rick Osterloh was the one that helped reinvent Motorola with the Moto X and the Moto G. Rick Osterloh has been with the company for over seven years, so he definitely knows what he’s doing. We’ve got the full press release down below, since Motorola did pull it for some reason.
Here’s to a new COO at Motorola that can hopefully keep them on track with the next Moto X, Moto 360 and whatever other devices the company will be announcing later this year. We’re also expecting a new Moto G and a phablet from the company. It’ll be interesting to see if Osterloh is still COO when the deal with Lenovo goes through.
A Moto insider to lead us forward
We’re excited to announce that Rick Osterloh has been named as President and COO of Motorola Mobility. Rick will assume the role today, reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until the Lenovo acquisition is complete.
Rick is a Silicon Valley veteran and a familiar face across Motorola, where he has been leading all product management and helping to define the ‘go forward’ strategy for the past two years. Rick first joined the company 7 years ago when Motorola acquired Good, and he started Motorola down the Android path while managing product and engineering teams. Between stints here, Rick joined Skype, where he oversaw design and product for more than 250 million monthly users until it was acquired by Microsoft.
Since his return, Rick’s had a key role in the company’s reinvigoration. He’s been a guiding visionary on the entire product front and a passionate advocate for our philosophy to focus everything we do on the consumer experience.
I believe that Rick’s appointment provides the focused leadership and business continuity needed to steer the organization into the future, and I look forward to continuing in my role as Google liaison and advisor to Motorola through the transition period supporting Rick.