Nokia Siemens appoints new CEO

1 Sep 2009

Mobile handset manufacturer Nokia Siemens Networks has named Rajeev Suri as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from the 1 October. He will succeed Simon Beresford-Wylie, who will step down from the position at the start of November.

Suri (41) (pictured) currently leads the Services business of Nokia Siemens Networks and has some 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. Previous positions within Nokia have included leading the Asia-Pacific region; overseeing teams for key customers such as Hutchison; and managing products, such as the early cellular transmission portfolio of Nokia.

“I am extremely pleased to announce Rajeev’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Nokia CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Siemens Networks. “We began a comprehensive succession process when Simon shared his desire to depart at the appropriate time. That process has made it clear that Rajeev brings the right values, experience and industry expertise to take Nokia Siemens Networks forward.”

Beresford-Wylie will support Suri during a transition period until early November, when he will leave the company.

Beresford-Wylie joined Nokia in 1998 and was one of the leading drivers behind the creation of Nokia Siemens Networks. He assumed the position of CFO of the company when it commenced operations on April 1, 2007 and has been a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board since 2005.

“I would also like to thank Simon for his many contributions to Nokia Siemens Networks and to Nokia before that,” Kallasvuo said. “I respect his decision to pursue opportunities in a new industry after 27 years in the telecommunications infrastructure sector. He leaves a remarkable legacy as the architect of Nokia Siemens Networks and as a close friend.”

Pictured: Nokia’s new CEO, Rajeev Suri

By Jennifer Yau