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Straight talking Rick Osterloh appointed President, COO of Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility, which is currently in the process of being acquired by Lenovo, has named Rick Osterloh as its new president and COO.

Osterloh, who had been serving as senior vice president of product at Motorola, will assume his new role immediately and report to Google's Motorola Operating Board until the Lenovo acquisition is complete, according to a post on the official Motorola blog. He will replace Dennis Woodside, who left Motorola in February to become Dropbox's first chief operating officer.

"Rick is a Silicon Valley veteran and a familiar face across Motorola, where he has been leading all product management and helping to define the 'go forward' strategy for the past two years," Google's Jonathan Rosenberg wrote in a blog post.

Osterloh first joined Motorola when the company acquired Good Technology seven years ago. He then had a two-year stint at Skype, where he oversaw design and product, before heading back to Motorola in 2012.

"Since his return, Rick's had a key role in the company's reinvigoration," Rosenberg wrote. "He's been a guiding visionary on the entire product front and a passionate advocate for our philosophy to focus everything we do on the consumer experience."

Meanwhile, Osterloh isn't exactly one to mince words. During an appearance on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, Osterloh stole the show with a few candid quips, including his assessment that all existing wearable computing devices are "extremely ugly." When asked about premium devices, Osterloh predicted that "the days of $650 smartphones are coming to an end."