Moloney Out At Motorola, Fawaz To Take Reins At Home Unit

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Motorola Mobility president Dan Moloney is leaving the company following its acquisition by Google, and former Charter Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz will take over as executive vice president of the cable-focused Home unit, the company said Thursday.

In addition, Motorola Mobility chief technology officer Geoff Roman has resigned, the company said. Matt Bell, previously part of Fawaz's Sarepta Advisors consulting firm and vice president of IP network and development at Charter, is joining Motorola Mobility as senior vice president of strategy and technology.

"Marwan has more than 26 years of experience in the broadband communications industry, encompassing engineering, technical operations and business development and is a top strategist in developing innovative solutions to drive tomorrow's IP transformation," Motorola said in a statement.

Charter's Marwan Fawaz

Google completed the $12.5 billion cash deal for Motorola Mobility on May 22, an acquisition that was driven as much for its people and products as for its rich trove of 17,000-plus patents, executive chairman Eric Schmidt said last week.

A company spokeswoman said both Moloney and Roman made the decision to leave to pursue other opportunities.

Fawaz resigned as CTO of Charter in March 2011. His most recent stint with the MSO began in 2006, after he had served as senior VP and CTO at Adelphia Communications. From 2001 to 2002, Fawaz was regional vice president of operations for Charter's Northwest region, leaving in May 2002 to serve as an investment specialist and technology analyst for Vulcan Inc., the investment company of former Charter chairman Paul Allen.

Fawaz is well-known in the cable-technology community, formerly serving as chairman of CableLabs' Technical Advisory Committee. He received a National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for Science & Technology in 2010 and is a longtime member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.

Balan Nair, executive vice president and CTO of Liberty Global, commented on Fawaz's hiring in a statement provided by Motorola Mobility: "As an industry veteran, chief technologist and top industry strategist, Marwan Fawaz understands the new dynamics of our rapidly changing marketplace. We look forward to working with Marwan and the Motorola Home organization to continue leveraging what will be the biggest convergence opportunity in recent history."

Moloney originally joined Motorola with its acquisition of General Instrument in 2000 and assumed leadership of the combined Home & Networks Mobility business in 2007.

In 2009, Moloney left Motorola to become the CEO of Philadelphia-area electronic components manufacturer Technitrol, then returned to the company in September 2010 with a base annual salary of $650,000.

"Dan has led the company through one of the most exciting periods in its 84-year history -- and in the last two years, revived Motorola's innovation and drove the company's evolution into a software and network technology leader in the home ecosystem," Motorola Mobility said in a statement. "We thank Dan for all of his contributions to Motorola and to the industry at large."

Moloney is the recipient of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's 2012 Vanguard Award for Associates and Affiliates.