Apple reportedly tried to lure away Google executive Dennis Woodside, who was just named Motorola’s new CEO, according to “Bloomberg BusinessWeek” (

Citing two unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” the article says Apple CEO Tim Cook was personally attempting to poach Woodside away from the online search giant to install him as Apple’s head of sales. However, “Google convinced Woodside to stay, in part by promising him greater responsibility at the search company,” the article adds.

Woodside, 43, oversaw Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and is former president of Google’s Americas region. He has worked with partners, governments and advertisers in more than 30 countries. Most recently, Dennis was responsible for Google’s Sales & Operations in the Americas.