Motorola's strategy and technology chief quits

Latest executive to depart the struggling cell phone maker since Icahn gained board seats is Rich Nottenburg, who will "return to the New York area to be with his family."

The latest executive to leave Motorola: Rich Nottenburg, chief strategy and technology officer.

The doors of the cell phone maker's executive offices seem to have been revolving nonstop since activist investor Carl Icahn, who took a leading role in the Microsoft-Yahoo merger fracas late this week, began his successful pursuit of Motorola board seats .

Nottenburg's departure, announced on Thursday to employees in an internal memo, according to Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson, follows the replacements of CEO Ed Zander in January, acting CFO Tom Meredith in February, and mobile-devices head Stu Reed and marketing head Casey Keller in March, along with treasurer Steve Strobel and EMEA mobile-devices head Mike Fenger .

"(Nottenburg) left to return to the New York area to be with his family and pursue other opportunities," Erickson told Reuters.

In April, Motorola posted a quarterly loss of $194 million . Weeks earlier, under pressure from investors such as Icahn, the struggling company announced that it would split into two publicly traded companies , one handling handsets and accessories, and the other taking on wireless broadband networks and enterprise-level communications services.

In the wake of Nottenburg's resignation, according to The Wall Street Journal, Motorola Labs will be directed by Dan Moloney, who leads the company's home and networks mobility business.

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