Lloyd Mathias, Senior Director, Sales, and Operations Head of Motorola’s Mobile Device business in India, has put in his papers. Mathias had been with Motorola since 2005 and is widely credited with the company’s rapid rise to the No. 2 position in the Indian mobile handset market in 2006 and 2007. Mathias’ next destination is not known, but is rumoured to be within the telecom space. He couldn’t be reached for comments at the time of filing this report.
At Motorola, Mathais had spearheaded several marketing and retail innovations around the MotoRAZR, MotoROKR and MotoYUVA phones and was largely instrumental in rejuvenating the brand by signing on brand ambassador Abhishek Bachchan, rolling out exclusive Motorola branded stores and launching a slew of models.
Motorola has been going through tough times globally and have lost some key talent over the past year. Firdose Vandrevala, Country President, Motorola India, left earlier this year to head Hiranandani Constructions, while Mohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President & Managing Director of Motorola’s Software and Services unit left to join Norwest Venture Partners in the Silicon Valley. Internationally, Motorola’s Chief Technology Officer, Padmasree Warrior, rated among Fortune magazine’s top 50 most influential women in the corporate world, left in April 2008 to join Cisco as CTO.
Mathias, who had also spent over 10 years in PepsiCo, is a key industry leader and also Chairman of Mobile Asia, the Indian cellular industry’s largest consumer event.