Motorola Networks Sector's Executive VP and President Edward D. Breen will succeed Robert L. Growney as president and COO of Motorola Inc. Growney will retire next year.
Breen has a long history in the cable industry, primarily with Motorola and General Instrument, where he started in 1978 and advanced until its January 2000 merger with Motorola, when he was chair, president and CEO of GI. Before that, he presided over GI's Broadband Networks Group and was executive VP of terrestrial systems prior to that.
As senior VP of sales in the late '80s and early '90s, Breen oversaw the terrestrial products worldwide sales organization, including the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
His work has earned him numerous awards, including NCTA's Vanguard Award in 1998, presented to high achievers in cable.
Motorola spokeswoman Janilee Johnson says neither Breen nor the company was commenting on anything until next week's earnings release, but the company says in a statement that Breen will continue as president of the Networks Sector through the fourth quarter.
Growney is a 36-year Motorola veteran and has been president and COO since January 1997. He plans to continue in that role until Dec. 31, then relinquish that role and act as vice chair until his March 31 retirement.