Jim Wicks, Motorola’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Experience Design, has been at Motorola for 12 years. He’s had a hand in designing many of Motorola’s smartphones and the Moto design that’s been quite attractive lately. Unfortunately, he is leaving Motorola for a job at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.
He will be replaced by Ruben Castano, Lenovo’s mobile Design Studio chief. If this means Motorola design will slowly transition to Lenovo’s current mobile design, it will be a big hit for Motorola (let’s be fair, Lenovo’s design is uninspired and not very attractive).
With a second major employee gone (former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh left earlier this year), the company not meeting Lenovo’s expectations, and layoffs happening inside the company, things aren’t looking bright for the once-great American phone maker. The Moto Z is looking fairly promising, but future of the company may ride on this new series of devices.