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Dennis Woodside

Dennis Woodside
Born 1969 (age 45–46)
Alma mater Cornell University
Stanford Law School
Known for COO of Dropbox

Dennis Woodside (born 1969) has been the Chief Operating Officer of Dropbox since winter 2014. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Mobility from its acquisition by Google, Inc. in May 2012 to winter 2014.[1] He was the successor to Sanjay Jha.[2] Dennis Woodside joined Google in 2003 and was responsible for leading sales operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Woodside, before being the CEO of Motorola Mobility was the Senior Vice President of Google's America Operations.[1] On February 12, 2014 it was reported he joined cloud storage company Dropbox as COO. This move came after Google announced the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in January 2014. Additionally, it was reported that Woodside would be replaced by Jonathan Rosenberg, the former head of product management at Google, who will be appointed as the COO of Motorola Mobility.[3]

Woodside graduated from Cornell University in 1991 and spent a year trying out for the national rowing team. He then went to Stanford Law School, graduating in 1994, after which he was selected for a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Honorable Judge Dennis Jacobs. He then worked at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson from 1995 until 1998. In 1998, Woodside joined the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Company, where he worked in the media practice with Shona Brown, Michael Wolf, and Byron Auguste. He left McKinsey after five years to join Google.

Woodside is a triathlon enthusiast and 7-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, with personal best of 9:55:24 at the Arizona Ironman in 2013. Woodside is married with two children.


  1. ^ a b Motorola Media Center, Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  2. ^ "Dennis Woodside". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Motorola Mobility CEO to join Dropbox ahead of Lenovo deal". Reuters. 2014-02-13. 

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