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Huawei Snaps Up Ex-Nokia Exec

For those who like to track the career paths of mobile industry movers and shakers, here's an appointment to note: Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has named Colin Giles as executive vice president of its Consumer Business Group with immediate effect.

Giles was formerly at Nokia Corp., where he spent 20 years and held global responsibility for all product and services sales until mid-2012, when the handset giant revamped its sales structure. (See Nokia Loses More Than €1.57B.)

Now Giles is responsible for global marketing, retail and open channel development at a Huawei division that is making a lot of noise and having a significant impact on the mobile device market. As the vendor notes in its press release announcing the appointment of Giles:

    In 2012, Huawei Consumer Business Group recorded sales revenue of US$7.5 billion, a year-on-year growth of 60%, and shipped 127 million units of devices globally, among which 32 million units were smartphones. In the first quarter of 2013, Huawei ranked number four in global market share for smartphone shipments, according to research reports from Strategy Analytics and IDC.

Huawei's device business is most certainly on the up and garnered a lot of attention recently with the launch of the Ascend P6 smartphone.

Nokia, meanwhile, is still grappling with its smartphone strategy and even appears to be prepared to lean more heavily on the network infrastructure market for support. (See Nokia to Take Full Control of NSN, Why Is NSN Only Worth $4.4B?, Euronews: Nokia Loses Market Share, Tries Metal and Nokia on the Road to Hell?)

Giles might also have some interesting insight to share with his fellow Huawei executives should the Chinese vendor ever seriously consider a bid for Nokia. (See Euronews: Does Huawei Have Designs on Nokia?)

-- Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

R Clark 7/3/2013 | 8:57:59 AM
re: Huawei Snaps Up Ex-Nokia Exec Giles was Nokia's Mr China for quite awhile. Was head of Taiwan from 1997-2001 and then held some high-profile China posts during Nokia's glory years 2001-09. Good catch for Huawei.
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