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Dell Folds its Mobile Unit

Development of any next-generation widgets will move under Jeff Clarke, who's responsible for PC engineering

Dell's mobile device chief Ron Garriques, the guy Dell hired in 2007 after he didn't cut it at Motorola, is leaving the company effective January 28 although he's supposed to consult for the next year.

Dell has reorganized his year-old Communications Solutions Group out of existence, spreading its tablets like the poorly received Android-based Streak, phones like its Aero and Venue Pro and laptops like the pricey Adamo around its primary business groups: large enterprises, government, SMBs and consumer.

Development of any next-generation widgets will move under Jeff Clarke, who's responsible for PC engineering, design and development as well as manufacturing, procurement and supply chain.

The Wall Street Journal figures it means Dell continues to have turnaround issues and trouble breaking out of it old mold of selling computers to business.

Dell told the SEC Garriques, who original came to Dell to run its consumer PC business, will get $1.44 million in severance and a $378,000 incentive bonus for this fiscal year as well as roughly $6.3 million for the consulting gig. Under his watch Dell sold more consumer PCs but made slimmer margins.

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