Today Punit Soni announced via Google+ that he is leaving Motorola Mobility behind with no word as to his future ventures. Soni helped usher in the Moto X and Moto G smartphones as well as the new Moto 360 smartwatch.
There is no doubt that Soni has had a positive impact on Motorola Mobility and his presence will be missed. He always seemed to be genuinely excited about the products they were producing and was an excellent speaker and presenter. You can read Soni’s full depaarture post below. So long Punit! We wish you well wherever you may end up!
I still remember the first time I went to Libertyville, Illinois to visit the Motorola Campus. There was this sense of awe at being in a company whose invention, the cell phone, would forever change the world.
For the next couple of years, we worked hard to marry the agility of a modern internet services company with the legacy of the greatest telecommunications company in the world. We crafted a new portfolio of products, we rebuilt our software stack, we launched the Moto X, then G and then E. Motorola is now firmly on the path of regaining its place as one of the most relevant companies of the mobile era.
Today I am announcing my departure from Motorola after a couple of amazing years in the best job I have ever had.
I have had the fortune of working with an amazing Product team under the leadership of +Rick Osterloh, someone who taught me more about being a leader than anyone ever has. Also special gratitude to +Vic Gundotra, +Bradley Horowitz, +Jonathan Rosenberg, +Dennis Woodside, and +Lior Ron for their support and for pointing me in the right direction. This gig was not possible without them. To my Software PM team who I love, stay true to the mission. And to Motorolans, you are truly the best mobile team in the world. It is reflected in the quality of your products.
And finally, thanks to you, the users who embraced our work and personally supported me. Most of our software was the result of the direct dialogue we had with each other. Thanks for your patience and support.
My favorite moment at Motorola was when I was up on stage at the Moto G launch in Brazil, looking into the eyes of the audience, proud to be talking about a product that we fervently believed in, that was built with true user value as its core tenet, that embodied the best of the new Motorola’s principles. I still remember the verve, the energy and the passion.
The rest of my career will be about recapturing that. Thank you Motorola.
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