Motorola CTO joins executive exodus

Motorola's chief technology officer has left the company, just days after Motorola announced it will replace CEO Ed Zander.

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Motorola's chief technology officer has left the company, just days after Motorola announced it will replace CEO Ed Zander.

The struggling mobile-phone maker confirmed on Monday (3 December) that Padmasree Warrior, who was executive vice president and chief technology officer at Motorola, has left the company. Many references to her on the Motorola Web site have already been removed.

Motorola has CTOs for each of its businesses, including mobile devices, enterprise mobility solutions, and home and networks mobility, and they will continue to be in charge of commercialisation of product development, Motorola said.

The company’s chief strategy officer, will become responsible for Motorola's overall technology leadership, a company representative added.

Motorola has not explained why Warrior departed, but said the move was in line with a plan outlined several months ago. "This is the final step in redefining the CTO responsibilities and is entirely consistent with the direction we outlined several months ago."

Other components of that plan included a realignment of Motorola's software group, which was aimed at ensuring that the company's engineering and technology specialization directly supports its businesses, she said.

Warrior's departure was described as surprising by Chris Silva, an analyst with Forrester Research. He would have expected, and still expects, some changes in product marketing leadership and possibly within internal business functions at Motorola, rather than among operational leaders like Warrior, he said.

These types of changes he expects would support a shift at Motorola away from the consumer handset business and toward enterprise networks and the mobilization of the enterprise, he said.

Motorola, despite its widely recognized Razr brand, has struggled recently with declining revenue, profit and market share. Last week, Gartner reported that Motorola's share of the mobile phone market dropped to 13%, down from 21% last year. Gartner also said Motorola lost its position as number two among phone makers to Samsung.

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