It's been months in the making, but Google has finally secured approval from the US, EU, and China to purchase Motorola Mobility, the consumer-facing side of the legendary hardware manufacturer, and as of Tuesday the $12.5 billion dealis complete. Other than the fact that Google now owns a massive hardware company and a portfolio of useful patents, the biggest news Tuesday was that Motorola Mobility's CEO, Sanjay Jha, has been replaced by a Google executive named Dennis Woodside.
Don't be concerned if that name doesn't ring a bell — it's likely that the first time you heard of Woodside was when Bloomberg rumored in February that he would be given the top spot at Motorola Mobility following the acquisition. However, we suspect that we'll be hearing a lot from the new CEO over the coming months and years as Google works to keep other Android OEMs happy while attempting to make Motorola profitable. While Woodside may have kept things quite in the public sphere, he's certainly been making waves in Silicon Valley. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook attempted to poach him from Google by offering him the position to become the Cupertino-based company's head of sales — a role that Woodside turned down thanks to assurances from Google that he'd be given "greater responsibilities," according to Bloomberg Businessweek. It looks like the search company has made good on its promise.