Lenovo completed its acquisition of Motorola at the end of 2014, but Moto's leadership has remained intact since then. That changes today with the announcement that Motorola president Rick Osterloh is leaving the company. In his place will be Xudong Chen and Aymar de Lencquesaing acting as co-presidents of Lenovo's Mobile Business Group.
The need for two mobile presidents actually makes sense when you look at Lenovo's reasoning. The Chinese smartphone market is much different than more mature markets, and that calls for different strategies. Aymar de Lencquesaing is the former head of Lenovo North America, and he will be in charge of Lenovo's developed markets. de Lencquesaing will also be the president of Motorola. Lenovo's Xudong Chen is stepping up to take over Mobile Business Group operations in China.
Lenovo praised Osterloh's leadership during the Lenovo acquisition in the reorganization announcement, but who knows what went on behind the scenes. Osterloh was at Mobile World Congress a few weeks ago talking about the future of Motorola, so perhaps this was an unexpected decision. Lenovo hasn't had great success in mobile outside of China, so putting its own people in charge might not be the best move. Time will tell.