Nokia appoints new executive vice-president

22 Jun 2011

Michael Halbherr is the new executive vice-president who will lead Nokia’s revised mission in mobile and location-based services.

Halbherr will join Nokia’s leadership team on 1 July, reporting to CEO Stephen Elop.

Halbherr will lead a new Location & Commerce business, which will be formed by integrating the NAVTEQ business with Nokia’s social location services operations.

The Location & Commerce business will develop a new class of integrated social location products and services for consumers, as well as platform services and local commerce services for device manufacturers, application developers, internet services providers, merchants, and advertisers.

“Focusing on location and commerce is a natural next step in Nokia’s Services journey. We will provide next-generation social-location applications and commerce to differentiate Nokia. We also aim to extend our content and services offerings to all consumers by making them available to partners and customers on a wide variety of devices and operating systems,” said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

“Michael is a widely recognised authority in the fields of mobility and social location services, and I am delighted to appoint him to lead an area of our business that will be crucial in Nokia’s transformation strategy.”

Halbherr has been with Nokia since 2006, most recently leading the product unit in Nokia’s Services business, based in Berlin.

Photo: Nokia’s newly appointed executive vice-president, Michael Halbherr