Pierce expected to join Samsung after sudden Microsoft exit

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Microsoft confirms Pierce walked out on the manufacturer yesterday morning – and will not be returning

Conor Pierce quit his role as head of Microsoft Devices UK yesterday morning with immediate effect, and will not be returning to the company.

Mobile News understands Pierce is currently on holiday with his family at this time but a source tipped him to replace Simon Stanford as head of Samsung’s mobile division in the UK.

Pierce left the company six months after Microsoft purchased Nokia’s devices, where he’d served as vice president UK and Ireland from 2011.

A Nokia source confirmed that Pierce had left with immediate effect and was currently on holiday with his family.  The source added that his email address has already been discontinued.

Pierce’s duties will be taken over by Simon Rayne, Microsoft sales director (Mobile division) in the interim, whilst Microsoft determine whether they will replace him.

A spokesperson for Microsoft said: “We can confirm that Conor Pierce will leave Microsoft Devices Sales. We are very thankful for the commitment he has shown in his various leadership roles and wish him all the best for his personal and professional future.”

Pierce’s sudden departure marks the end of  a 10 year association with Nokia, who he joined from Ericsson in 2004. Pierce has overseen the launch of the Nokia Lumia handset range in a Nokia career that saw him head up divisions in Dubai, Ireland and Turkey.

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