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Motorola Kremlinology

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 4, 2007

In the bad old days of the Soviet Union, when a party leader fell from grace all trace of his existence disappeared down the memory hole. A similar fate seems to have befallen Motorola Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior, who followed CEO Ed Zander out the door yesterday.

A Google search of for “Padmasree Warrior” still turns up 128 hits; it takes a while to reindex Web pages. But most of the links point to pages that either has disappeared or that have been edited to removed references to Warrior. Her bio and her blog are both gone.

About the only evidence that Warrior was ever a Motorola executive is the appearance of her name in archived press releases. Unlike Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, Motorola doesn’t seem quite prepared to rewrite the past.

Update: As noted by uberdesi, Warrior quickly resurfaced as CTO at Cisco Systems, which competes with Motorola in a number of markets. The fact that Warrior landed on her feet doesn’t change the weirdness of the expunging of her history at Moto. Her new job also suggests that she left Moto with either no non-compete agreement or a very limited one.

One interesting question is raised by Warrior’s new job. At Moto, she was a leading exponent of WiMax wide-area wireless, a technology in which Cisco has so far shown no particular interest. Will Warrior bring WiMax religion to Cisco?

Reader Comments

Tech Untangled

December 4, 2007 10:08 PM

Steve, you wrote a bit too soon. Cisco has Hired Padmasree Warrior, former CTO of Motorola.

Too bad Google searches don't include future events :-)


December 4, 2007 10:41 PM

Hmmm... She has hardly disappeared. She just turned up as CTO of Cisco. Looks like her exit from MOT had little to do with the exit of Ed Zander like the artible suggests.

Steven A, James

December 5, 2007 2:58 AM

Indeed -- as a former Director in Motorola who now works for *someone else*, there seems to be a very busy set of cubicles from which 'expungement directives' are hastily employed across the board.

We lament the Motorola of the past -- you know, the engineering-driven company whose vision was focused a bit further than the next finQ. So does the investor base...


December 6, 2007 12:40 AM

Cisco does have interest in WiMAX. Why else would it acquire Navini Networks, which has products specializing in WiMAX?

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