There’s an internal rumour at Google that Nikesh Arora, the company’s SVP and Chief Business Officer, will run Motorola once the Google-Motorola deal closes later this year.Nikesh, who ran the company’s international business for Eric Schmidt and then took over the global business when Schmidt stepped down, is thought to have been “agitating” for a CEO role. He was recently said to be on a list of candidates to become CEO of Yahoo. It’s possible that the CEO slot at Motorola was part of Google’s counter to that opportunity.
This rumour supports our theory that Google CEO Larry Page does not, in fact, intend to sell Motorola’s manufacturing businesses the moment the deal closes. Most people think Page bought Motorola merely for its patent portfolio and will dump the manufacturing operations as soon as he can.
But given Page’s propensity to make big bets outside Google’s core competency, as well as Apple’s phenomenal success as an integrated hardware/software manufacturer, we suspect that Page will at least experiment with manufacturing fully integrated gadgets for a while.
The rumour is that Dennis Woodside, who ran UK sales for Nikesh and then became head of US sales when Tim Armstrong left to become CEO of AOL, will take over Nikesh’s current role.