Robert (“Bob”) William Galvin, the longtime chief executive officer of Motorola Inc., died peacefully Tuesday night in Chicago. Galvin, a transformative global business leader, innovator, author, and philanthropist, was 89 years old.
Galvin oversaw remarkable growth and innovation during his 29-year tenure as CEO of Motorola. When he took over in 1959 on the death of his father, Motorola founder Paul V. Galvin, the company had annual sales of $290 million, primarily in North America.
Building on the strong foundation he established with his father in Communications, Automotive, Military Electronics, Semiconductor and Consumer products, Galvin transformed Motorola into a global technology leader with $10.8 billion in sales in 1990, the year he stepped down as chairman.
Due in large part to his vision and leadership, Motorola received the U.S. Commerce Department’s first Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Manufacturing in 1988.