December 4, 2009 / 11:23 PM / 11 years ago

UPDATE 1-Dell creates new communications unit

* New unit led by Ron Garriques. former consumer head

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Dell Inc DELL.O is forming a new business unit focused on communications and mobile devices, the second restructuring for the personal computer maker in the past year.

Dell said its new communication solutions unit will be led by Ron Garriques, the former Motorola Inc MOT.N executive who was head of Dell consumer business.

Dell’s consumer business will be combined with its small-and-medium business unit and will be led by Steve Felice.

Dell spokesman David Frink said the change was announced internally earlier on Friday. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Dell formally announced its entry into the mobile phone market last month. Its Mini 3 smartphone is being launched in China and Brazil this year.

Frink said the new unit will focus on developing hardware and software for communications devices of “various screen sizes”, including mobile Internet devices.

Dell is the world’s No. 3 PC maker. Last December, the company reorganized into business groups defined by market segments from one defined by region.

Shares of Round Rock, Texas-based Dell closed at $13.46 on the Nasdaq and rose 3 cents in after-hours trading. (Reporting by Gabriel Madway; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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