Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Motorola Mobility names Osterloh COO as Lenovo acquisition looms

Osterloh will fill a leadership void left by the departure of former CEO Dennis Woodside in February

Article comments

Rick Osterloh has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Motorola Mobility, the Google business unit that is being acquired by Lenovo.

Osterloh, who was previously senior vice president of product management, has frequently been the face of the company at product announcements. He will report to Google's Motorola operating board until the Lenovo acquisition is complete, Motorola said in a blog entry, "A Moto insider to lead us forward." Former Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside became chief operating officer of Dropbox in February, leaving a gap at the top that Osterloh will fill.

Osterloh has the backing of Lenovo, which agreed to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for US$2.91 billion in January. Google bought Motorola Mobility in 2011 for $12.5 billion.

"He is a trusted, proven leader. We're confident in his ability to not only manage a smooth transition at Motorola from Google to Lenovo but also to lead the business forward for continued growth," said Liu Jun, executive vice president of the Mobile Business Group at Lenovo, in an emailed statement.

Osterloh started at Motorola seven years ago when it acquired Good Technology, where he was vice president of product and marketing, but left in June 2010 for a job overseeing product design at Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in late 2011. He returned to Motorola Mobility in July 2012.

"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," Motorola wrote in the blog.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *