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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ron Garriques, the head of Dell Inc's mobile communications group, is leaving the company as it begins a major push into the smartphone and tablet markets.
Garriques was a high-profile hire when he arrived at Dell in early 2007, charged with overhauling the company's consumer business.
One year ago, Garriques, the former head of Motorola Inc's mobile phone unit, took over Dell's newly formed communications solutions group, which oversaw the company's smartphone and tablet products.
Dell launched its first smartphone late last year and brought the device to the United States this summer. The company launched its first tablet, the 5-inch Streak, earlier this year and plans to launch larger models by the end of the year.
Spokesman David Frink said Dell decided to integrate Garriques' group into the broader company.
"He made a decision to look at other opportunities as we integrate the former communications solutions group into our core operating structure," he said.
The group Garriques headed was previously a part of Dell's consumer and small and medium business unit.
Garriques will leave Dell, effective January 28, 2011, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He will provide consulting services to Dell from January 31, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
Garriques will receive a severance payment of $1.44 million and an incentive plan payment of $378,000.
Under the terms of his consultancy agreement, Garriques will receive two lump sum payments of $3.15 million.
The shares of Round Rock, Texas-based Dell closed at $13.35 on the Nasdaq.
Reporting by Gabriel Madway; editing by Robert MacMillan and Andre Grenon