Anssi Vanjoki resigns from Nokia


Nokia mobile solutions head Anssi Vanjoki has announced his decision to leave the manufacturer

Nokia executive vice president and general manager for mobile solutions Anssi Vanjoki has become the latest high-profile name to depart from the Finnish manufacturer.

Vanjoki, who is also a member of the Nokia Group executive board, will serve six months notice before leaving Nokia. He will continue to speak at Nokia World, on September 14-15.

Last week, it was announced that Group president and chief executive officer Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was leaving on September 20 to be replaced by Stephen Elop, the head of Microsoft’s business unit.

Kallasvuo has been with Nokia for three decades, while Vanjoki is leaving after two decades of service.

Vanjoki joined Nokia in 1991 as vice president of sales in the mobile phones unit. In 1994, he became senior vice president, Nokia Mobile Phones Europe and Africa. He was named executive vice president, Nokia Mobile Phones Europe and Africa in 1998.

One year later he took responsibility for Nokia’s digital convergence unit, and in 2002 he also headed up Business Unit Management.

From 2004, he served as executive vice president and general manager of Multimedia, with overall responsibility for the Nokia Nseries range of smartphones, as well as Nokia services. Vanjoki was general manager of the markets unit from January 2008 until assuming his current role as head of mobile solutions.

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

“At the same time, I am 100 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.”