Motorola on Wednesday announced that Rick Osterloh, who previously held the SVP of product position, is the company’s new COO. Osterloh will assume the position effective immediately, and report to the Motorola Operating Board at Google while the Lenovo purchase goes through. Osterloh has been with Motorola for seven years, and was instrumental in Motorola’s resurgence last year with the Moto X and Moto G.
According to Jonathan Rosenberg, product manager at Google, Osterloh’s appointment will provide the “focused leadership and business continuity needed to steer [Motorola] into the future.” Before joining Motorola, Osterloh was instrumental to Skype’s growth, helping to push the service to over 250 million monthly users until it was acquired by Microsoft. Along with former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, Osterloh helped create a more focused “consumer first” approach, creating what wound up being TechnoBuffalo’s smartphone of the year in 2013.
With the appointment, it still appears as though Motorola has a bright future. Following the news of Lenovo’s surprise acquisition earlier this year, Lenovo CEO Yang Yanqing said the company valued Motorola’s engineering and software teams, so hopefully the Motorola we loved in 2013 will stay in tact in 2014. Judging from what we are seeing with Moto 360, it certainly looks as though it’s business as usual. Now we just need information on Motorola’s mysterious Moto X+1.