Quartet of senior Nokia executives depart

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Nokia president Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, chairman Jorma Ollila, general manager Annsi Vanjoki and UK general manager Mark Loughran all announce departure from troubled handset maker

Nokia president and chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and UK and Ireland general manager Mark Loughran (pictured right)  filed out of Nokia’s doors in quick succession this month. Executive vice president and general manager for mobile solutions Anssi Vanjoki (pictured left) will leave in six months time.

Also, Nokia chairman Jorma Ollila said this month he will step down in 2012.

Kallasvuo’s departure was confirmed prior to Nokia World 2010 mid-month, and his replacement, Stephen Elop, formerly head of Microsoft’s business division, was also announced.
Kallusvuo replaced Ollila as chief executive in 2006, following Ollila’s 14-year reign.

Nokia executive vice president of markets Niklas Savander thanked Kallasvuo in the keynote  address and welcomed Elop to the company.

Vanjoki’s departure was unexpected. Vanjoki introduced Nokia’s three new smartphones, alongside the N8 (see right) at Nokia World, but waited until the end of his speech to make reference to his leaving.

He had already said he would ‘seek new opportunities’ after leaving Nokia, and told the audience: “I want to thank all of you and the customers of Nokia for the last two years because this is my last Nokia event, at least facing from this side.”

Meanwhile, UK and Ireland general manager Mark Loughran also announced his departure, to be replaced by UK and Ireland head of retail Sami Lehtinen on October 1. Loughran took over from Simon Ainslie as general manager in late 2008, having previously held the role of sales director.

Loughran joins digital set-top box technology provider Pace as president of new business division, Pace Enterprise.

Nokia Europe senior vice president of sales Urpo Karjalainen said: “The strong business performance he has achieved whilst transforming and developing the organisation puts Nokia UK and Ireland in a great place, and Sami and the team will continue to drive this success”.

Loughran said: “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved since I joined in 2007 and I leave behind an amazing group of highly talented and dedicated people. I personally feel very fortunate to have led Nokia UK and I wish Sami and all the team the very best for the future.

“Nokia is well-positioned for success in the years ahead and leave Nokia UK and Ireland in great shape for the second half of 2010 with Nokia N8 and C7 hitting the streets over the next few weeks and the ongoing rollout of Ovi services and apps”.

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