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The Hardest Hire

The award for hiring coup of the month goes to Drew Houston at Dropbox, who nabbed outgoing Motorola chief Dennis Woodside as his first COO.

Woodside’s résumé is impressive. He ran Google’s U.S. sales arm before CEO Larry Page tapped him to save Motorola Mobility. While the ending wasn’t pretty—a sale to Lenovo that put Woodside on the job market—few blame the executive, who is known for running a smooth and tight ship but being short on product experience.

With a recent gig overseeing 3,800 employees and $1.24 billion in quarterly sales, one might assume the next stop was CEO, not consigliere. He was even courted by Apple’s Tim Cook at one point. (The two sort of remind me of each other, partly because of their fitness fanaticism.)

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