Motorola Mobility is continuing to haemorrhage top executives with the departure of UK and Ireland marketing director James Soames.
Soames has exited the business to take up the role of chief marketing officer at Kodak Alaris. Mobile understands he was headhunted for the post by former Motorola Mobility VP and general manager Ralf Gerbershagen, who quit Motorola in February to take up the role of CEO at Kodak Alaris.
Motorola Mobility has taken on Brent Phillips, former Vodafone senior campaign manager for Samsung and Apple. A Motorola spokeswoman said Phillips was ‘contracting as marketing director in the UK’ following Soames’ departure. He will report to Marcus Frost, Motorola Mobility’s senior marketing director of EMEA and APAC.
Soames was director of marketing operations EMEA for Motorola Mobility from July 2011 to March this year, taking up the new role of UK and Ireland marketing director until his departure.
He is the latest in a number of senior management departures from the manufacturer since it was sold by Google to Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo in January this year for $2.9bn.
Soames’ exit closely follows that of Andrew Morley, VP and CEO for UK and Ireland who quit in April this year. He is now CEO of Clear Channel UK.
Both Morley and Soames played key roles in the launch of the Moto G smartphone in November last year which gained Motorola Mobility 6% smartphone market share in the UK in three months and 17% of the prepay sector.
Sources said the run of management departures was driven by the sale of Motorola Mobility. One said: ‘The company is losing staff and finding difficulty in recruiting staff, largely because people are nervous of the cultural change from a Google-owned company to a company owned by a Chinese manufacturer.’