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From Boardroom To Courtroom: A Retrospective Of The Motorola/Paul Liska Affair

imageToday, ex-Motorola (NYSE: MOT) CFO Paul Liska accused his former employer of launching a smear campaign against him. Well, yes, Paul, that tends to happen when you file a wrongful termination suit against a multinational corporation. Let’s take a look back at the tortured history of these two.

Feb. 22, 2008
Liska takes over Motorola CFO duties from Tom Meredith (NYSE: MDP) as company’s handset sales slump. His mandate is clear: boost sales.
Industry Moves: Motorola Appoints Paul Liska CFO

Feb. 3, 2009
Almost a full year later, the handsets still aren’t selling. The company reports a fourth-quarter loss of $3.6 billion, and Liska announces he’s leaving the sinking ship.
Earnings: Motorola Posts $3.6 Billion Loss; Mobile Devices Sales Plummet

Much more, after the jump

March 5, 2009
… or was he pushed? Liksa files a wrongful termination suit against Motorola, claiming he was

6 Responses to “From Boardroom To Courtroom: A Retrospective Of The Motorola/Paul Liska Affair”

  1. Paul Liska is The Man!!!!

    Q1 numbers were released today–they sucked. Looks like Paul Liska is telling the truth and Greg Brown is the one telling lies.

  2. Wings Set You Free V2

    I strongly encourage all Motorola engineers to embrace records retention! Of course a wise security policy would have all critical data archived at a safe, remote location ;-)

  3. Pierre D

    Interesting. I think most employee have a USB drive and Nortorn Ghost and the employee is responable to back up his own PC. Company has a Records policy which mandates you to remove unused / unwanted files at least once a year from your PC and they have controls to ensure you state that you comply . Email server should have back-up copy of all emails though? Unless they were deleted as well in accordance with the RECORDS Policy. If so it looks like the RECORDS policy backfired on Motorola. And before handing it in I would certainly try to remove all data from my Laptop PC in accordance with the company policy.

  4. quote: March 9, 2009
    quote: The plot thickens: Motorola claims that Liska is, in fact, a whistle blower!

    No this is not quite right.

    It is Liska who *claimed* that Motorola said he was a whistle blower. So that he could then say he was fired since he let the cat out of the bag.

    However, since Motorola was completely truthful and actually were initially protecting Liska by saying he was let go due to the failed merger, I can see how Analysts have stated that this will not affect Motorola, since they did nothing wrong.

  5. unemployed American

    Hopefully this will all expose Motorola's practice of laying off Americans while bringing in more H1B visa applicants. As far as this latest bit of smearing Liska's character….Motorola backs up the data on everyone's computer. If this isn't done, one can only blame Liska's boss…. Of course, on my last day at Motorola, my boss asked me to back up my data onto a CD.

    One CD? Motorola: the Titan of Stupidity

  6. Regarding the Feb 22,2008 timeline….if it's the CFO's mandate to increase sales, can anyone be surprised this relationship did not work? Or was this mandate mis-stated by the author?