Motorola Mobility today announced that Rick Osterloh has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). The move comes after former CEO Dennis Woodside left to become COO at Dropbox. The announcement was made by Jonathan Rosenberg who had stepped in to become COO upon Woodside’s departure. Osterloh assumed the role today and will report to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until the Lenovo acquisition is complete.
Osterloh has led product management and helped define Motorola’s ‘go-forward’ strategy for the last two years. He first joined Motorola seven years ago when Good was acquired. Before leaving to join Skype, he managed the product and engineering teams and helped Motorola adopt Android. When Skype was acquired by Microsoft, he rejoined Motorola.
According to Rosenberg:
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.
I believe that Rick’s appointment provides the focused leadership and business continuity needed to steer the organization into the future, and I look forward to continuing in my role as Google liaison and advisor to Motorola through the transition period supporting Rick.
If rumours are any indication, Motorola is getting ready to launch the Moto X+1, a successor to its Moto X flagship smartphone and the Xplay phablet among other devices. It will also launch the already announced Moto 360 smartwatch.
Source : Motorola Mobility