Dennis Woodside

It's official: Former Googler heading to Dropbox as COO

Following reports from The Wall Street Journal yesterday, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has announced that he'll be leaving his post at the end of March. As reported by the WSJ last night, Woodside will join cloud storage firm Dropbox as COO. His exit comes after almost two years at the helm of the Google-led Motorola, prior to which he spent more than ten years at Google.

In a post on Motorola's official blog, Woodside says "This was not an easy decision to make, but I leave knowing that Motorola is in great hands - now and in the future." Reflecting on the launch of the Moto X and Moto G, he adds, "Motorolans have built two of the company’s best loved phones ever, introduced customization to the industry, brought unprecedented quality and performance to a value-priced smartphone, and created experiences that changed how people use and interact with their smartphones."

Woodside's departure follows the planned sale of Motorola Mobility to Chinese firm Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Today's blog post reveals that Google's Jonathan Rosenberg will step in as Motorola COO from Apr. 1, while Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora will remain in his post as Executive Chairman, overseeing the Lenovo acquisition.

Source: Motorola blog