Tony Fadell’s abrupt departure as CEO of Nest offers Alphabet an opportunity to reboot the troubled connected-home unit, hopefully salvaging something from the $3.2 billion purchase two years ago. One question is whether Alphabet will take that opportunity or instead cut its losses and sell.
The choice of Marwan Fawaz, a low-profile veteran of the cable industry, to succeed Mr. Fadell gives little clue as to Alphabet’s intentions. Mr. Fawaz’s previous stint at Google, overseeing Motorola Mobility’s set top box business, was mostly consumed with overseeing the sale of the unit. It’s possible he’ll undertake a similar role for Alphabet at Nest.