Big Moves at Motorola

One of Motorola's longest-serving senior executives is joining the faculty at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute in July 2016. Jim Wicks, a former speaker at IDSA conferences, led the design team at Motorola Mobility for a dozen years and worked on products including the IDSA International Design Excellence Award (IDEA)-winning  Razr mobile phones.

”We greatly appreciate Jim's contributions in leading a consumer experience design team that delivered standout, iconic and award-winning industrial design and user experiences for Moto's mobile and wearable products," says Aymar de Lencquesaing, chair of Motorola Mobility and co-president of Lenovo's mobile business group.

He adds, "To move us forward, we have an ideal leader on board, Ruben Castano, who will continue our design team's success. We are very confident in Ruben's talent, leadership and proven track record in defining design strategies that will continue to shape the Moto brand worldwide." Castano, who led Lenovo's MBG Design Studio in Sao Paulo, has held several design leadership roles at Motorola since 2005. He will be based in Chicago.

The switch comes only four months after Rick Osterloh resigned as president of Motorola to run Google's hardware division.

Read more by John Pletz in Crain’s Chicago Business.