Motorola has been headquartered in Chicago since Paul and Joseph Galvin founded the company in 1928.
He was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying, "We'll go where that talent is, and right now, that looks like California." In other words, Motorola's handset leader thinks that it's done all it can with the talent pool in the greater Chicago area. Jha -- who came to Motorola from San Diego-based Qualcomm -- thinks that California could possibly offer something more to the firm.
Jha noted that the company would maintain some presence in Chicago. Only about 10,000 of its 53,000 worldwide employees are located in Chicago. It already has locations in Silicon Valley, San Diego and other locations abroad. But for the company to pick up and move most of its handset division away from Chicago would certainly cause some employment shock to the Windy City. Motorola has laid off thousands of workers in recent years, many of whom worked for the mobile handset division.
I am sure the city of Chicago is already considering tax incentives to convince Motorola to stay. As bad as the move might be for Chicago, perhaps a clean break and fresh start is exactly what the Motorola needs to complete its turn-around.