Google Senior Vice President Dennis Woodside has been selected to become the next CEO of Motorola Mobility, according to Bloomberg. Woodside will replace current CEO Sanjay Jha.
The move comes just a week after both the U.S. and E.U. approved Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. There were apparent concerns that Motorola could be given unfair advantage when it came to the Android mobile operating system that is developed by Google and embedded in Motorola phones and tablets. Google says the chief reason it wanted to buy Motorola was for its portfolio of more than 17,000 patents.
According to his LinkedIn page, Woodside started at Google in October 2003 as Director of Business Operations. He has also held the role Managing Director of Emerging Markets, Managing Director and VP of Google UK, and President of Google Americas.
It’s unclear what will happen to current Motorola Mobility CEO Jha, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more.
A Google spokesperson would not confirm or deny the report saying: “As you know, the deal has not yet closed and we won’t be commenting on speculation.”
VB's research team is studying mobile user acquisition... Chime in here, and we’ll share the results.