Top Nokia exec for mobile solutions resigns

13 Sep 2010

Nokia’s Mobile Solutions lead Anssi Vanjoki has resigned, days after CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was replaced by Stephen Elop. The announcement also comes just before the company’s major annual event Nokia World.

The resignation is badly timed for Nokia, who will host their annual event Nokia World on 14-15 September.

Vanjoki had only joined the company in July and was going to help Nokia position itself as a major competitor in the smartphone arena.

He has given a six-month notice period and will continue his current tasks until his departure.

“I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life,” Vanjoki said.

“At the same time, I am 100pc 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,” he said.

It is speculated that this resignation is a result of Nokia’s instalment of a new CEO.

A few days ago, Kallasvuo was replaced by Stephen Elop, former head of Microsoft’s Business Division.

“The time is right to accelerate the company’s renewal; to bring in new executive leadership with different skills and strengths in order to drive company success,” said Jorma Ollila, chairman of the Nokia board of directors, regarding Kallasvuo’s replacement.

Kallasvuo will continue to chair the board of Nokia Siemens Networks in a non-executive capacity.