In a move to position itself for strategic growth, Motorola on April 18 announced the formation of a new automotive communications and electronics group as part of the Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). According to Motorola, the newly formed Automotive Communications & Electronic Systems Group (ACES) combines the competencies of IESS' successful Telematics Communications Group and its Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group. Company officials say the primary goal of ACES is to bring significantly greater focus to the automotive customer with a broader portfolio of automotive electronics solutions, increased collaboration, enhanced communications and a deep commitment to the automotive industry. ACES brings together the Telematics Communications Group's (TCG) expertise in automotive telematics and software solutions and the Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group's (AIEG) expertise in powertrain, and chassis and body electronics to enable the integration of systems and platforms. According to Motorola, this will allow ACES to leverage full systems capabilities for its common customer base. The ACES Group will be headed by Marios Zenios, senior vice president and general manager, formerly general manager of TCG. Under Zenios will be four business units: the Automotive & Industrial Electronics Group, led by Tom Alger, corporate vice president and general manager; the Telematics Communications Group, led by Ray Sokola, corporate vice president and general manager; the Automotive Communications Systems Business, led by Brian Santoro, vice president and general manager; and the Systems Platforms & Applications Business, led by Mike Bordelon, corporate vice president and general manager. Tony Mampilly, corporate vice president, will be responsible for operations for the group. "The automotive electronics market is taking off in many new directions, and as a result, customer needs and expectations are greater than ever," said Zenios. "By forming ACES, Motorola is demonstrating its commitment to its customers by delivering the latest technologies more quickly and more efficiently than our competitors." ACES has more than 25 OEM customers and facilities in more than 18 cities and countries. Motorola has sold more than 1.5 million telematics units since January 1999. Motorola also is investing heavily in technology development that is creating advanced networked and entertainment telematics car markets. "We have the best of everything to offer our customers: expertise, innovation, resources, leadership, and the right products at the right time," said Zenios. "We have the core competencies within ACES to focus on customers in key product segments -- powertrain, body and chassis, telematics and communications. "The formation of ACES is just one step Motorola is taking to provide smart products and a better life with its embedded electronic solutions that are designed into our customer's products for the person, home, work team and car," Zenios said. About Motorola Motorola Automotive Communications & Electronic Systems Group (ACES) is a part of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). ACES was formed in 2001 and focuses on providing its customers with electronics and communications systems for the automotive space. IESS is a lprovider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains -- the DigitalDNA(TM) -- that make electronic systems simpler, safer, smarter and more synchronized. Motorola, Inc., provides integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion. For more information, visit