Nokia restructures business


Nokia has restructured its devices and services business, which now comprises of three units.

The mobile solutions, mobile phones and markets units will launch as of July 1, 2010, with the aim to increase the speed to market of newly developed products.

The new mobile solutions unit will focus on developing high-end mobile computer and smartphone handsets based on the MeeGo and Symbian operating systems and will be headed by Anssi Vanjoki. The MeeGo computers division will be led by Alberto Torres and Symbian smartphones by Rick Simonson, while Tero Ojanper will be in charge of services.

The mobile phone unit will continue to focus on feature phones based on the Series 40 platform and will be headed by Mary McDowell, who replaces Rick Simonson. Simonson is to retire, but will continue as a senior advisor until the end of the year.

The markets unit will be responsible for Nokia’s sales and marketing, global supply chains and sourcing operations. Niklas Savander will head up the unit.

The manufacturer has also appointed Rich Green as chief technology officer. He joins from Sun Microsystems and will report to Anssi Vanjoki. Through the restructure, Kai Oistamo will become chief development officer and head of corporate development.

Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said: “In addition to extending our leadership in mobile phones, we are decisively moving to respond faster to growth opportunities we expect in smartphones and mobile computers.

“Nokia’s new organizational structure is designed to speed up execution and accelerate innovation, both short-term and longer-term.  We believe that this will allow us to build stronger mobile solutions – a portfolio of products and integrated services that connect people and enable new ways of communicating, sharing and experiencing mobility.”

“Rick has made a substantial contribution and leaves behind a legacy in operational and financial leadership. I would like to thank him for his invaluable contribution. We will certainly miss Rick, but are pleased he will continue as a senior advisor to Nokia until the end of year, and continue as an NSN board member beyond that.”