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Motorola dials up new CIO

Charlie Russo

Motorola Inc. has named Patricia B. Morrison senior vice president and chief information officer, effective July 25.

Morrison will head strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company's information technology infrastructure. Prior, Morrison served as CIO for Office Depot, Inc. She will report to Motorola chairman and CEO Ed Zander.

"Patty's experience driving IT systems in world-class companies will be a tremendous advantage to Motorola as we continue to use technology to improve every aspect of our operations," Zander said, in a statement released yesterday. "With more than 20 years of systems and IT expertise in a wide variety of roles -- from implementation to senior management -- Patty will be a terrific addition to Motorola. She has depth and breadth in consumer products, industrial, supply chain and distribution environments, all of which are highly relevant to Motorola."

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Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola has been searching for a CIO since last year, when former CIO Samir T. Desai became senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's iDEN Networks and Devices. At Office Depot, Morrison managed its global information systems, e-commerce platform and led $100 million in IT efficiency improvements, according to Motorola.

Morrison has also served as CIO of The Quaker Oats Company in Chicago, where she oversaw the integration of Quaker's systems into PepsiCo's systems, after being acquired by Pepsi. Morrison was also CIO of GE Industrial Systems, a $6 billion division of General Electric. She started her career at Procter & Gamble.

Motorola is best known as the world's second-largest maker of cell phone handsets, including the popular Moto Razr. Last year, the Fortune 100 company had $31 billion in sales last year and 68,000 employees.It competes in the handset market with Nokia Oyj, Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ltd. and Seoul- based LG. It also provides broadband, network and wireless equipment.


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