Longtime Motorola CEO Robert Galvin dies at 89

October 12, 2011 - 3:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Galvin, who was Motorola's CEO for 29 years and took it from maker of police radios and TVs to one of the world's leading electronics companies, has died. He was 89.

His family says Galvin died Tuesday night in Chicago of natural causes.

Galvin was named CEO in 1959, at the death his father, company founder Paul Galvin. He remained in the post until 1988 and stayed on as chairman until 1990.

Galvin oversaw Motorola's pioneering efforts in the cellular industry, including the creation of the first commercial cellphone in 1973 and the construction of the first cellphone network in the early 80s.