Motorola’s Vice President of Product Management, Punit Soni, has announced that he will be leaving the company on his Google+ page. The announcement comes as a surprise as Soni has been credited with many of the advancements made by Motorola in recent years including one of the biggest steps attributed to Motorola’s recent resurgence: the implementation of a relatively stock Android build instead of Motorola’s Motoblur skin.
His influence has undoubtedly changed the outlook of the company as he focused on the biggest factor for any manufacturer: the customers. Punit Soni was instrumental in placing the company’s focus back on the customers by focusing on its most popular features: quick updates and an excellent user experience. This includes one of Motorola’s most popular features, Moto Maker.
Soni gave no indication as to why he is leaving the company but speculation is rife that the recent sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo may have something to do with it. Soni is one of the higher profile departure from Motorola, another notable departure was that of ex-CEO, Dennis Woodside who now works with Dropbox as Chief Operating Officer.
Soni thanks many people in his Google+ page but most notably, he thanked the people he effected the most: the users/customers. We’ve attached that note here. It will be interesting to follow Mr. Soni’s career after Motorola and if his track record is anything to go by, he’ll be an amazing asset to whichever company he joins.
“And finally, thanks to you, the users who embraced our work and personally supported me. Most of our software was the result of the direct dialogue we had with each other. Thanks for your patience and support.
My favorite moment at Motorola was when I was up on stage at the Moto G launch in Brazil, looking into the eyes of the audience, proud to be talking about a product that we fervently believed in, that was built with true user value as its core tenet, that embodied the best of the new Motorola’s principles. I still remember the verve, the energy and the passion.
The rest of my career will be about recapturing that. Thank you Motorola. “