Monday, December 03, 2007

CNET: Motorola CTO steps down following CEO's departure

From Dec. 3/07 CNET:

Posted by Tom Krazit

Motorola's chief technology officer has resigned her position, just days after CEO Ed Zander announced his own plans to move on.

Gizmodo reported Monday that Padmasree Warrior's departure was announced via a company-wide e-mail Monday, and a Motorola representative confirmed that Warrior is no longer with the company. Rich Nottenburg, Motorola's chief strategy officer, will assume the role of CTO.

The representative declined to comment on the timing of Warrior's announcement, following Friday's news that CEO Ed Zander would be stepping down at the end of the year following a disappointing year for Motorola's mobile phone business. Following the runaway success of the Razr, Motorola was unable to come up with a second act that would have kept the business rolling, and it slipped into third place overall among the world's mobile phone makers.

That would have been Warrior's responsibility, as head of Motorola Labs and the company's "early-stage accelerators," which were responsible for coming up with new ideas. The technology organization at Motorola had already started to change before Warrior's departure, with the software group moving into Nottenburg's domain.

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