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Report: Google to Name SVP Dennis Woodside CEO of Motorola Mobility, Replacing Sanjay Jha

Motorola Mobility is getting a new leader. According to Bloomberg, Google will name Senior Vice President Dennis Woodside the new CEO of Motorola Mobility, replacing Sanjay Jha, according to “three people familiar with the matter.”

Woodside, 43, replaced Tim Armstrong — now the CEO of AOL — as Google’s ad leader back in 2009. Woodside will take over the reins of Google’s newest acquisition. Motorola Mobility is expected to remain a separate entity from Google, but many expect the company to benefit greatly from a much closer relationship with the Android maker.

Woodside, a Stanford Law graduate, has been with Google for over eight and a half years. Woodside has extensive experience in Europe, establishing Google’s sales operations in Eastern Europe, and Dublin, before becoming Google’s Managing Director & Vice President for the UK, Benelux and Ireland in 2006.

Motorola Mobility SVP Christy Wyatt, and Chef Strategy Officer John Bucher were also considered, according to Bloomberg.

Current CEO Sanjay Jha, has been the head of Motorola Mobility since its split from Motorola Solutions back in January 2011. Jha had been the Co-CEO of Motorola corp from 2008 until its split.

Google purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion which been approved by the U.S. and EU, is awaiting regulatory confirmation from China.

Google declined to comment.


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