Motorola President Zafirovski resigns

Motorola President and Chief Operating Officer Mike S. Zafirovski will leave his post on Jan. 31, the company announced Wednesday.

Zafirovski, president and chief operating officer since July 2002, will continue to serve the company as an advisor during the transition period after his resignation. Zafirovski will not stand for re-election to Motorola's board of directors in May.

Motorola on Tuesday also announced a reorganization of the management structure of its mobile devices business in Asia, and in December, the company announced a reorganization of its businesses and functions with the goal of making Motorola the world's leading mobile technology company. The presidents of the company's four business groups, focused on mobile devices, networks, government and enterprise mobility solutions and connected home solutions, will report to Ed Zander, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 31.

This is the "right time" to consider other opportunities, Zafirovski said in a statement.

In the same press release, Zander praised Zafirovski for his "intense focus" on company operations and product quality.

Zafirovski, 51, joined Motorola in June 2000 as president and chief executive officer of the Personal Communications Sector. He previously spent 24 years at General Electric Co., where he was promoted to president and chief executive officer of GE Lighting.

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