Motorola just can’t seem to catch a break these days. With their handset business fighting hard to keep from being sucked down the drain, Motorola needs all the help it can get to keep from being banished to mobile phone oblivion. The firm has seen a significant churn rate in its executive management team, and Motorola’s not going to take all those defections lying down.
Motorola’s former head of marketing in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia) region, Michael Fenger, recently jumped ship to take up a position as Apple’s Vice President of global iPhone sales. That would have been all well and good, except Fenger had apparently signed a non-competition agreement prohibiting him from working for any of Moto’s competition within two year as of his leaving the company. And, that’s just the soft spot Motorola’s legal team needed for a solid bite.
Motorola claims that Fenger “privy to the pricing, margins, customer initiatives, allocation of resources, product development, multiyear product, business and talent planning and strategies being used by Motorola.” And, with all the trouble Moto’s handset division has been having of late, they need to protect every aspect of their business. The company is asking for $1 million from Fenger and a court-order banning him from working for Apple for two years.
We’ll keep an eye on the latest developments in this lawsuit. This should be interesting.