Nokia smartphone chief quits

Michael Carroll & Robert Clark
telecomasia.net
Nokia has lost its smartphone chief, Anssi Vanjoki, in the wake of its appointment of its first non-Finn to the CEO post.
 
The embattled handset firm announced Friday it had tapped Stephen Elop, the head of Microsoft’s business division, to replace Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.
 
Vanjoki, executive vice president of the mobile solutions division, said it was time for a change but would remain with the company for another six months.
 
Vanjoki, who has been with the company for 19 years, was a candidate to replace Kallasvuo as CEO, FT.com reported.
 
“I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life,” Vanjoki said in a statement.
 
He said he would share “news about exciting new devices and solutions,” at the Nokia World event in London this week, where he is due to present a keynote.
 
Vanjoki took over as mobile solutions chief just two months ago, posting a blog vowing to take the company back to no. 1.
 

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