Lenovo has given its blessing to a change of senior management at Motorola Mobility as a new president and COO is appointed ahead of the transfer of ownership to the Chinese hardware manufacturer.
Motorola Mobility was acquired by Lenovoin January but the acquisition has yet to close and Rick Osterloh, who becomes president and COO of Motorola Mobility, will report into the Motorola operating board at Google until the transfer of ownership is completed.
Osterloh has worked at the firm for around seven years and had a break with a stint at Skype before returning to lead product management strategy and push Motorola further down the Android path.
His immediate task will be to steer the transition from Google to Lenovo, which splashed out $3bn for the firm as part of its plans to grow its smart phone operations outside of its native China.
"We are pleased to learn that Motorola has named Rick Osterloh to lead Motorola Mobility, effective today. Rick has a strong track record of success and delivering outstanding innovation for customers. He is a trusted, proven leader. We’re confident in his ability to not only manage a smooth transition at Motorola from Google to Lenovo but, also to lead the business forward for continued growth," said Liu Jun, EVP, mobile business group, Lenovo.