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February 24, 2012

Google Picks Dennis Woodside for Motorola Mobility CEO

By David Delony, Contributing Writer

Google has chosen Dennis Woodside, Google’s President of Americas operations, for the position of CEO of Motorola (News - Alert) Mobility, Business Insider reports.



Woodside is currently in charge of sale at the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant, including AdWords and display advertising. He has worked at Google (News - Alert) since 2003.

An anonymous source said that Woodside is smart and has strong analytical skills, but lacks charisma. Despite this, Nikesh Arora, senior vice president and Google's chief business officer, appears to like him.

Google previously chose Woodside to replace outgoing CEO Tim Armstrong when he left to become CEO of AOL (News - Alert), but Woodside was removed from that position after a year.

There is no word yet on the fate of Sanjay Jha, who is Motorola’s Mobility’s current CEO.

Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility has just been approved by the U.S. Justice Department.

Google declined to comment on any word relating to Motorola Mobility or any people it had chosen for its positions, since the acquisition of Motorola Mobility has not yet completely closed.

Google announced it was buying the company last year, mainly for its collection of patents, which would allow Google to defend itself from patent infringement lawsuits.

Motorola Mobility is estimated to have 17,000 patents, which includes patents relating to 3G and 4G.

The acquisition could allow Google to survive in the mobile market, where companies commonly sue each other over claims to ownership of various mobile technologies.

Apple in particular has sued Google over alleged infringement by their popular Android (News - Alert) smartphone OS. The late Steve Jobs, in his official biography, said Android was “stolen” technology, and vowed that his company would go “thermonuclear” in their attempts to suppress what he believed was a betrayal by a former Apple (News - Alert) employee.

Apple has also sued manufacturers of mobile phones based on Android for alleged patent violations.




Edited by Rich Steeves
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