Report: Google to replace Motorola Mobility head


Google is said to be replacing Sanjay Jha with its own executive, Dennis Woodside (Mark Lennihan/AP)
February 23, 2012

Google just won clearance from key regulators to go forward with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but a new report from Bloomberg indicates that Google may already be planning to shakeup the Motorola executive team.

According to anonymous sources “familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reported that Google is planning to replace Motorola Mobility chief executive Sanjay Jha with the Google executive tasked with overseeing the merger, Dennis Woodside.

Prior to Google’s decision to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion Woodside headed up the ad division in the Americas.

Google won approval from the Justice Department and the European Union earlier this month, but was cautioned to tread lightly as regulators looked for signs that the company was flexing too much muscle in the mobile space.

“This merger decision should not and will not mean that we are not concerned by the possibility that, once Google is the owner of this portfolio, Google can abuse these patents, linking some patents with its Android devices,” E.U. Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters after announcing his decision, according to Reuters. “This is our worry.”

Google has said repeatedly that it does not plan to favor Motorola Mobility in any of its decisions regarding the Android platform and that its smartphone operating system will remain open.

Bloomberg’s sources did not say what would happen to current Motorola Mobility chief executive Sanjay Jha if the report is correct. Motorola Mobility did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick told The Post that Google is not commenting on speculation, as the Motorola deal has not yet closed.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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