Google Completes $12.5 Billion Takeover Of Motorola Mobility5/22/2012 9:56 AM Eastern
Google announced that it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility and that Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has stepped down as CEO.
Dennis Woodside, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as president of Google's Americas region, has been named CEO of Motorola Mobility. Google said Dan Moloney will remain in charge of Motorola's cable-focused Home business unit.
The $12.5 billion acquisition, announced in August 2011, will enable Google to "supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing," the Internet giant said in a statement.
Google said it will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business. The company also reiterated that "Android will remain open," and that Motorola will remain a licensee of Android.
Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement, "Motorola is a great American tech company, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation. It's a great time to be in the mobile business, and I'm confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come."
When Google announced its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility, Page said the company wanted to obtain Motorola's 17,000-plus patents to "better protect" the Android operating system from legal attacks by rivals including Apple and Microsoft.
Woodside commented, "Motorola literally invented the entire mobile industry with the first-ever commercial cell phone in 1983. Thirty years later, mobile devices are at the center of the computing revolution. Our aim is simple: to focus Motorola Mobility's remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world."
Woodside has hired a small number of leaders who will immediately join Motorola's executive team, including Regina Dugan, former director of DARPA; Mark Randall, former supply chain VP at Amazon and previously at Nokia; Vanessa Wittman, former CFO of Marsh & McLennan; Scott Sullivan, former head of human resources at Visa and NVIDIA; and Gary Briggs, formerly Google vice president of consumer marketing.
Google said many members of Motorola Mobility's senior management team will continue in their current roles, including: Moloney; Iqbal Arshad, product development; Marshall Brown, chief of staff; Fei Liu, Mass Market Products; Scott Offer, general counsel; Mark Shockley, sales; Mahesh Veerina, software and enterprise; and Jim Wicks, consumer experience design.
Woodside added: "Motorola Mobility has many outstanding leaders, including people who were behind the original RAZR in 2004 and recent successes like the Droid and RAZR MAXX. Our colleagues joining the team come from varied backgrounds, from DARPA to Amazon and NVIDIA, but they all share a track record of leading innovation at speed, and a great deal of excitement about the mission ahead."
U.S. and European regulators cleared the Google-Motorola deal earlier this year, although they noted they would monitor Google's use of the Motorola patents. On May 19 China's antitrust agency approved the acquisition, on the condition that Android remain free for at least five years.