Back in July, Nokia’s chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo bullishly stated that the Finnish mobile giant would make a comeback in high-end smartphones, starting with its flagship N8. However, even if this does happen, Kallasvuo won’t be there to see it, as he has been replaced as chief executive by Stephen Elop.
This marks the first time that Nokia has appointed a head honcho who hails from outside Finland, which in itself proves that the company has realised that whatever it was that it was doing, it wasn’t working.
Stephen Elop was previously president of Microsoft’s Business Division, and was previously chief executive of Macromedia, and COO of Juniper Networks.
Nokia is clearly in the mood for change as it has followed Kallasvuo’s departure with that of Anssi Vanjoki, who only recently became the head of Nokia’s Mobile Solutions leader. However, he will serve out a six month notice period and will continue in his role till the bitter end.
“I am one hundred per cent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year's Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions."
Nokia’s long awaited flagship N8 is now available for pre-order, and rumours suggest a slider version called the E7, featuring a slide out full Qwerty keyboard, will be unveiled at Nokia World, taking place this week in London.
While Vanjoki will still be speaking at Nokia World, Kallasvuo has already been cut from the line-up. Others on the roster include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, famed for creating the World Wide Web.
Link: Nokia World