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Nokia's New Top Team

10:00 AM -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) CEO Stephen Elop has appointed a new team of 13 top executives called the Nokia Leadership Team (replacing the 10-strong Group Executive Board) to push through the company's new strategy and capitalize on the new relationship with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). (See Nokia Unveils Major Revamp, RIP Symbian & MeeGo: Nokia Ties Future to WP7 and Nokia to Cut Jobs, Stay in Finland.)

So, who's in charge of what?

The rundown of the 13 Leadership Team members shows that Elop has only ejected one member of the Group Executive Board, and promoted four existing Nokia executives to the top team, so it's not exactly a purge. Some may ask (OK, I'm asking…) whether Elop might have needed at least a few bodies to provide a fresh perspective as the new strategy is introduced.

Anyway, here's the rundown of the new top team:

  • Elop (previously a Group Executive Board member) is the CEO. 'Nuff said.
  • Jo Harlow (new to the top team) to lead the Smart Devices business unit. Harlow is currently senior vice president of Global Marketing. She will be responsible for smartphones (including the creation of a Windows Phone-based portfolio), making the most of the existing Symbian high-end devices, developing "disruptive" computing devices based on the MeeGo software platform, and managing Strategic Business Operations.
  • Mary McDowell (previously a Group Executive Board member) to lead the Mobile Phones business unit. McDowell is currently the head of Nokia's phones business, so she is losing management control of the high-end smartphones that are now in the Smart Devices unit. However, Nokia plans to invest more in the lower-end devices to capture the enormous market for mobile handsets that can connect users (particularly in emerging markets) to the Internet.
  • Niklas Savander (previously a Group Executive Board member) retains his role as the head of Markets, where he is responsible for sales, marketing and communications, as well as "creating a competitive local ecosystem, sourcing, customer care, manufacturing, IT and logistics."
  • Jerri DeVard (previously a Group Executive Board member) retains her role as chief marketing officer. She will report directly to Savander, though, and not to Elop.
  • Colin Giles (new to the top team) retains his role as head of sales, and also reports direct to Savander.
  • Tero Ojanpera (previously a Group Executive Board member) is the "acting" head of Services and Developer Experience, which covers global services, the integration of partner services and managing relations with, and dealing with offerings from, the applications development community.
  • Rich Green (new to the top team) retains his role as head of the CTO office, which is responsible for the company's technology strategy. His responsibility includes the management of the Nokia Research Center.
  • Timo Ihamuotila (previously a Group Executive Board member) is still the CFO.
  • Kai Oistamo (previously a Group Executive Board member) is head of corporate development, in charge of implementing Nokia's ecosystem strategy and developing strategic partnerships.
  • Esko Aho (previously a Group Executive Board member) retains his role as head of Corporate Relations & Responsibility, so he's in charge of government and public affairs, sustainable development and social responsibility.
  • Juha Akras (previously a Group Executive Board member) holds on to his job as head of Human Resources.
  • Louise Pentland (new to the top team) retains her role as head of Legal and Intellectual Property.


Other senior personnel of note are:

  • Marko Ahtisaari is the head of Design, responsible for product and user experience design, but is not a member of the Leadership Team.

  • Larry Kaplan is the CEO and president of wholly owned location and advertising subsidiary Navteq Corp. (NYSE: NVT), which continues as a separate reporting entity.

    This means the only member of the Group Executive Board being given the boot is Alberto Torres, the head of MeeGo and Mobile Solutions, who was given his marching orders on Thursday.

    As network infrastructure subsidiary Nokia Networks is a joint venture, owned 50/50 with Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE), it has its own management team, while Nokia CFO Timo Ihamuotila and head of Markets Niklas Savander sit on NSN's board.

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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