The New York Times' Steve Lohr reports that Tony Fadell has stepped down as CEO of Nest, the company he helped found, following months of controversy over his reportedly abrasive management style.
The company reports that he will be succeeded by Marwan Fawaz, who was formerly the executive vice president of Motorola Mobility, the mobile phone maker Google bought for $12.5 billion in 2011. Fadell will become an adviser to Alphabet and to its chief executive, Larry Page.
In the troubled Motorola acquisition, Mr. Fawaz led a financial bright spot, Motorola Home, a television set-top box business. He pared its product line, cut costs and oversaw its sale in 2013 for $2.35 billion to the Arris Group, a cable television equipment maker.