Former AT&T chief executive David Dorman will become Motorola Inc.’s chairman next month as the struggling cell phone maker tries to fix its slumping fortunes and split itself into two companies.
Wednesday’s announcement comes two days after Motorola ended a proxy fight with activist investor Carl Icahn, agreeing to seat two of his nominees on its board of directors. Dorman, 54, will assume the non-executive position on May 5, after chairman and former chief executive Ed Zander retires at the company’s annual meeting. He’ll be in charge of the board but have no role in the day-to-day business of the company.
“Dave is ideally suited to serve as Motorola’s chairman and I am confident that our shareholders will continue to benefit from his industry knowledge and deep understanding of the company,” CEO Greg Brown said in a statement.
Dorman has spent nearly three decades in telecommunications, working at Sprint, Pacific Bell, SBC and Concert, a global venture between AT&T and British Telecommunications. He became AT&T’s president in December 2000 and served as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer from 2002 until November 2005. He joined the board of Schaumburg-based Motorola in 2006. —Ashley M. Heher, Associated Press, reports via Yahoo News