In preparation for spinning off its handset operations, Motorola has hired Sanjay Jha away from Qualcomm to be CEO of the Mobile Devices business.

Jha was also named co-CEO of Motorola, sharing the title with Greg Brown, who since joining the company seven months ago had been serving alone in that capacity.

Brown, meanwhile, was made CEO of Motorola’s Broadband Mobility Solutions business, which consists of Motorola’s other two businesses: Home & Networks Mobility and Enterprise Mobility Solutions.

Those two businesses were combined a year ago and separated again last week.

Brown and Jha will share responsibility for Motorola as it moves toward separating into two independent, publicly traded companies.

Jha joined Qualcomm in 1994. He was promoted to vice president of engineering in 1997, and then to senior vice president of engineering in 1998. Jha became executive vice president in 2003. He was named COO in December 2006. He is also a member of the Qualcomm Ventures advisory committee. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Jha held lead design engineering roles with Brooktree and GEC Hirst Research Labs.

Motorola chairman David Dorman said: “As co-CEOs, Greg and Sanjay will build on the significant changes and solid progress achieved at Motorola and the Mobile Devices business under Greg’s leadership during the last seven months. I believe this is the right structure with the right leaders to provide the necessary management focus and agility to position both businesses for long-term success.”

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