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Another New Face Joins Dell's Executive Ranks

Dell has hired Motorola executive Ron Garriques to head the computer maker’s new Global Consumer unit. Garriques is a Motorola Vice President and President of the cell phone maker’s troubled Mobile Devices business.

In a statement, Dell CEO Michael Dell said Garriques will head the new organization charged with new product design, customer experience and product distribution around the world. Dell said most of its new consumers will be located in emerging markets.

Garriques is Dell's second hire this week. Wednesday, Dell named Selectron CEO Michael Cannon to lead the newly created Global Operations unit overseeing the company’s manufacturing, procurement and supply chain.

Motorola today said two senior vice presidents will replace Garriques when his resignation becomes effective Feb. 19. Garriques was named President of the cell phone maker’s Mobile Devices division in 2004.

Ray Roman, senior vice president of Motorola’s global sales, and Terry Vega, senior vice president of global devices, will be interim co-heads of the Mobile Devices unit.

Motorola’s Mobile Devices unit earnings fell $341 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, a shortfall Motorola CEO Ed Zander blamed on "unfavorable geographical and product-tier mix." Partly due to the poor performance of the mobile unit, Motorola last month announced plans to slash 3,500, or five percent of its workforce.