Feb 23 AT 1:26 PM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

Google to name Dennis Woodside as new CEO of Motorola Mobility


Sounds like our man Sanjay Jha is out. Bloomberg News is reporting that Google will announce Dennis Woodside as the new CEO of Motorola Mobility. Three people familiar with the matter confirmed the news with Bloomberg.

Previous rumors had suggested that Google would appoint Nikesh Arora to run Motorola after their acquisition deal closed. In that scenario Woodside would have taken Arora’s job, but it appears that he somehow leapfrogged him.

We are learning that Woodside is a longtime employee of Google, having joined the company in 2003. He has held the roles Director of Business Operations, Managing Director of Emerging Markets, Managing Director and VP of Google UK, President of Google Americas, and Senior Vice President of Google.

Most recently, Woodside oversaw the merger and reported directly to CEO Larry Page.

Omid Kordestani, SVP, Global Sales & Business Development, described Woodside by saying, “Ever since I met Dennis in 2003, I have been impressed by his combination of entrepreneurialism and operational excellence. He’s never afraid to try new things and always ready to roll up his sleeves and pitch in.”

The United States Department of Justice and Europan Commission recently granted approval for Google’s acquisition of Motorola, but at last count China, Israel, and Taiwan were left to weigh in on the deal. This recent news that Google will replace the CEO of Motorola Mobility could signal that the merger is virtually complete.

In a recent interview with The Verge, former Motorola Vice President Marty Cooper had suggested that Google should leave Motorola alone after the deal closed. Marty warned, “As soon as Google starts treating them like their child and puts constraints on them, they’re going to have trouble competing.”

It remains unclear what role Sanjay Jha will take, but a report from The Times of India says that he will be working with Woodside. Previous reports said that Jha would receive a $66 million golden parachute as part of the acquisition, so maybe he won’t miss his role as CEO.


Via: LinkedIn

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Jeff Pan

    Wow! Sanjay Jha is going? I would say he did a pretty decent Job.

    There were articles earlier saying he did the hard bargaining to get Google to buy Motorola!

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    I am relieved as an Android fans. We need someone closer to Google to head Motorola. Sanjay made too many mistakes after the return of Motorola by the launch of Droid:

    1) The disaster launch of Bionic
    2) The over-expensive WebTop concept
    3) The lack of vision to foreseen the need of launching the RAZR MAXX, not the RAZR

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      There were mistakes made, but it was Sanjay’s vision that gave birth to the webtop concept in the first place. I’m excited to see where Google takes that idea with future products.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Hmm, anybody know how Dennis feels about unlocked bootloaders? :-D

    • Peter

      I’m sure he’ll learn to hate the word “bootloader” after thousands of fans flood his inbox :)

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

        Maybe. Or maybe he’ll take a hint that people want something and he can sell it to them!

      • ashclepdia

        do u know where we can contact him? lol

  • ithinkyoumean

    I think you mean longtime employee of Google.

  • MoSDeeb

    Sounds like good news to me, Sanjay is approving lackluster products and wasting millions of dollars on Blur.

    Blur alone should have been a sign that he would not last long and not to mention Motorola does not sell many phones contrary to popular belief.

    • Hue Three of Five

      Yes. I agree. Motorola lost 80 million last quarter.

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    Supercharging Android here we go!

  • spazby

    good move by google

  • T1392

    One of hopefully many changes to come. Unlocked bootloaders anyone? ;) Faster updates? Better launch periods that aren’t so close? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out.

  • Hue Three of Five

    Hopefully Dennis can do a better job than Sanjay. I don’t think anybody can do worse than Sanjay. Sanjay should find a job outside on business. From what I gather he is a very bad business man. I am still never going back to Motorola. I am never leaving HTC again.

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane

    Sounds like a business pro. I think it is smart because I am sure Google will not run them independently like they have been saying they will. Rather they are probably going to run through the company and make them a more perfect hardware companion for Google’s software vision.

    Sure they could be run independently but that just seems stupid. Google is smart enough to know what to say before and after the acquisition.

  • Ivan Samuelson

    Sanjay was the one that promised to reduce the number of new phones being released. He failed in that attempt and it looks like it bit him in the arse.

  • Rulob

    Bye bye Sanjay… now lets hope this guy can provide updates to Non-US costumers, as Motorola labels us right now… shamefull

  • Darkseider

    Goodbye and good riddance to Sanjay Jha! No more 30 device releases a year. Possible unlocked bootloaders. Possible Motorola Nexus? Woot!

  • jamal adam

    Change is in the air. Spring is not far away. I guess it makes sense that Google would want someone from their ranks heading Motorola.

  • T1392

    Motorola NEXUS X??? I like the sound of that. Anyone else? I can see it Now Jellybean, 4.7′-5′ HD display, 2mp front camera, 8-12 mp camera (like the rumored Atrix 3), NFC (to go with there recently NFC Bluetooths) finaly a gyroscope from them & onscreen buttons.

    • dcds

      All I can say is that a Motorola nexus would be awesome.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      How did you know what I was thinking? You left off Intel processor though…

      • mustybooks

        They’ll have to make a decent one first :P haha

  • aranea

    I hope this is an indicator of good thing to come. I second everything said about unlocked bootloaders, faster updates, no blur, fewer phones with better support.
    It was verizon who did a good job on advertising droids on the other hand motorola lacks the luster to get people buy their phones. Atrix had so many features (one of the first with dual-core, fingerprint scanner etc.) yet they only focused on webtop in their advertisements and failed (partially due to ATT’s wrong policy about requiring a tethering plan with the webtop).

  • Hall Lo

    Nice! Hope he will lead Motorola in the right direction :D
    Motorola is a good company afterall, it just need someone to guide it and it will go big!

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    I like this, Google needs to put some of their mojo on the old Moto.

  • GeauxLSU

    This shouldn’t be a surprise. How many companies get bought out and the top execs get to keep their jobs?

  • Nathan D.

    Well hope full this wouldn’t affect them that much and still keep making good phones.

  • hhh