Motorola Kremlinology

In the bad old days of the Soviet Union, when a party leader fell from grace all trace of his existence disappeared down the memory hole. A similar fate seems to have befallen Motorola Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior, who followed CEO Ed Zander out the door yesterday.

A Google search of for “Padmasree Warrior” still turns up 128 hits; it takes a while to reindex Web pages. But most of the links point to pages that either has disappeared or that have been edited to removed references to Warrior. Her bio and her blog are both gone.

About the only evidence that Warrior was ever a Motorola executive is the appearance of her name in archived press releases. Unlike Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, Motorola doesn’t seem quite prepared to rewrite the past.

Update: As noted by uberdesi, Warrior quickly resurfaced as CTO at Cisco Systems, which competes with Motorola in a number of markets. The fact that Warrior landed on her feet doesn’t change the weirdness of the expunging of her history at Moto. Her new job also suggests that she left Moto with either no non-compete agreement or a very limited one.

One interesting question is raised by Warrior’s new job. At Moto, she was a leading exponent of WiMax wide-area wireless, a technology in which Cisco has so far shown no particular interest. Will Warrior bring WiMax religion to Cisco?

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