John Paczkowski

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Former Qualcomm COO: HelloMoto

On the CEO search, we’re making very good progress and I will obviously keep you posted, and when we have something to announce, we will do so accordingly.”

Motorola CEO Greg Brown, Jul. 31, 2008

When Motorola CEO Greg Brown told investors last Thursday that the company was making progress in hiring a CEO for its mobile division, he wasn’t kidding. This morning the company named former Qualcomm (QCOM) COO Sanjay Jha to the position.

“Sanjay’s technical expertise and industry experience make him ideally suited to lead mobile devices,” board Chairman David Dorman said in a statement.

Great news for Motorola (MOT), which has spent months searching for an executive to run its handset division, with several candidates reportedly refusing the job. With that position finally filled, the company is firmly on track to spin off the division as a separate company in the third quarter next year, as planned.

Then begins the arduous task of reversing the ongoing collapse of the company’s post-Razr phone business and its share price which is down more than 61 percent since Oct. 2006.