Former head of Motorola handset business steps down

Stu Reed has stepped down, the company announced late last week

The door continues to revolve at Motorola, with the former head of the company's struggling mobile phone division stepping down on Friday.

Stu Reed was president of the mobile devices business until Motorola President and CEO Greg Brown took charge of the division himself in early February. Motorola said at the time that Reed would move into another division, but on Friday it announced he has left the company.

Motorola is searching for a new leader for the devices business. At a Morgan Stanley conference this week, Brown said he was spending about 80 percent of his time running the division. "In fairness to Stu, he inherited a very difficult situation. It needed help and more hands-on experience, so I assumed that responsibility," Brown said.

Motorola has said it is exploring options for its mobile division, including spinning it off. The company has failed to maintain momentum in its mobile phone business since the development of its iconic Razr. In the fourth quarter of 2007, the group lost US$388 million, compared with a profit of US$341 million a year earlier.

Reed's departure adds to a host of recent executive changes at the company. The shake-up started late last year when Ed Zander, who had been president and CEO, handed the reins to Brown. Shortly after, Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior left the company.

This week, reports emerged that Chief Marketing Officer Casey Keller, who took that position in 2006, has also left the company. Motorola could not be reached late Friday to confirm the departure, but Keller's biography is no longer accessible on the company's Web site.

Motorola also appointed Paul Liska as chief financial officer in February. He'll replace Tom Meredith, who had been acting CFO and who plans to remain on Motorola's board to help with the transition. Meredith stepped in after the company's previous permanent CFO quit about a year ago.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?