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Motorola Head Rick Osterloh Leaving Lenovo Amid Reorganization

As part of the move, Lenovo is adding responsibility for phablets to its PC unit.

Asa Mathat

Motorola President Rick Osterloh is leaving Lenovo amid a broad reorganization that will see the company shuffle around various business units and executives.

As part of the reorganization, announced Friday, Lenovo is also expanding its PC unit to include all tablets, phablets and smart home products running Windows, Chrome OS and Android. The newly renamed PC & Smart Device Business Unit will be led by former Acer executive Gianfranco Lanci, who serves as Lenovo’s president and chief operating officer. Lanci will continue to oversee the company’s geographic sales and operations units.

The remaining parts of the mobile business unit will report to Xudong Chen and Aymar de Lencquesaing, who will serve as co-presidents, both reporting to Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing.

Osterloh has led the Motorola team through last year’s acquisition following the departure of Dennis Woodside, who is now chief operating officer at Dropbox.

Lenovo said the Motorola team will report to de Lencquesaing, offering a terse note of thanks to Osterloh while praising the broader Motorola team.

“His steady leadership since Lenovo’s acquisition is appreciated and Lenovo wishes him continued success in the future,” Lenovo said of Osterloh. “The talent and innovation capabilities in Motorola are among Lenovo’s strongest advantages in mobile, so the Motorola teams will continue to enable the entire [mobile business group], including in China.”

Lenovo announced earlier this year plans to de-emphasize the Motorola brand, using Moto as more of a product line (i.e. Lenovo Moto X and Lenovo Moto G, etc.). The company has also seen its overall phone market share dip amid weakness in China.

“If you excluded China, our unit numbers would look like they are growing,” Osterloh said at last Month’s Mobile World Congress.

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