This is significant because Garriques was Executive VP in charge of Motorola’s mobile devices business, and he was widely credited with building Motorola’s strong position in the last 18 months – in particular, he was strongly identified with the commercially successful RAZR.
But in any case Garrigues was probably starting to feel the heat at Motorola – sticky Q4 sales, profit margins slipping, no follow-on for the RAZR, only moderate reviews and sales for the current crop of phones.
Certainly Motorola announced his departure in spectacularly curt fashion via a two-line statement, with a spokesperson subsequently confirming that “All I can tell you is that he resigned and we did not make a counteroffer to retain him”. Doesn’t sound like they tried too hard to keep him, does it …
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