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Qualcomm COO Sanjay Jha becomes new Motorola co-CEO

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This just in from Silicon Alley Insider; Qualcomm COO becomes new co-CEO of Motorola:

Motorola (MOT) finally has its turnaround man: The company named Dr. Sanjay Jha co-CEO and CEO of its Mobile Devices business this morning. Jha will lead the company’s cellphone spinoff, scheduled for Q3 2008, and will be tasked with making the once-great cellphone company profitable again.

Greg Brown, who’s been Motorola’s CEO since Ed Zander left last year, is now co-CEO of the company, and will continue to lead Motorola’s infrastructure businesses, which include wireless network gear and cable set-top boxes.

Jha, 45, was a rising star at Qualcomm — most recently as COO, which he was promoted to in December, 2006. He has an engineering background and recently led development of Qualcomm’s Flarion group — a WiMax competitor

[From Motorola Hires New Cellphone CEO: Qualcomm’s Sanjay Jha (MOT)]

Also, from Qualcomm’s website:

Qualcomm Incorporated announced today that Dr. Sanjay Jha, chief operating officer and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), is leaving Qualcomm and will become co-CEO of Motorola, Inc. and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices. Len Lauer, executive vice president of Qualcomm and group president, is promoted to chief operating officer and Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of QCT, is promoted to president of QCT. In addition, Jim Lederer was recently promoted to executive vice president of business planning and finance for QCT

“Sanjay’s leadership has been instrumental in growing QCT into the number one wireless semiconductor supplier,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm. “I’d like to personally thank Sanjay for his many years of service for Qualcomm and look forward to continuing to work with him in his role at one of Qualcomm’s key customers. I wish Sanjay the best in his new position.”

The most recent TelecomTV interview with Sanjay — a year ago — can be seen by clicking the link.

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