Google's Woodside said to be hired as Dropbox's new COO

Shortly after Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the phone-maker's CEO is reportedly stepping down to become the operating chief of Dropbox.

CEO of Motorola Mobility Dennis Woodside is said to be leaving to become Dropbox's COO. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Motorola Mobility's chief executive officer is said to be leaving the company to become Dropbox's chief operating officer, according to The Wall Street Journal. This news comes on the heels of Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion.

Dropbox is a popular online storage company launched in 2007 but to date has not yet had a COO. If Woodside becomes the company's COO, he'll be in charge of working to grow the service worldwide, along with hawking Dropbox's business software in an increasingly more competitive environment, according to the Journal.

Woodside has worked at Google for more than 10 years. After being Google's head of ad sales in the Americas, he was named the CEO of Motorola Mobility shortly after the Google-Motorola merger in 2012.

Dropbox has continued to grow at a steady and rapid pace over the past couple of years. In September, CEO Drew Houston said the service had reached 200 million users, up from 175 million in July and 100 million in November. Last month, Dropbox secured a $250 million round of financing, which valued the company at $10 billion.

CNET contacted Dropbox for comment. We'll update the story when we get more information.

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