Nokia’s head of Mobile Solutions (Anssi Vanjoki) resigns
Three days after Nokia announced it has replaced CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with ex-Microsoft man Stephen Elop, the Finnish giant has unveiled that it’s changing its head of Mobile Solutions, too.
Anssi Vanjoki took over Nokia’s Mobile Solutions back in May, saying this was “one of the most exciting jobs in the business”, and promising to get “Nokia back to being number one in high-end devices.” Now, less than five months after, he announced he’s resigning, although he has a “six months notice period and he will continue in his current tasks for the time being” – this will allow Nokia to search for someone to replace Anssi.
Anssi Vanjoki motivates his choice by saying:
“I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life. At the same time, I am one hundred 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.”
Nokia World is starting tomorrow and, as mentioned before, it’s the place where the Nokia E7 will be unveiled as the company’s second Symbian^ smartphone.
Anssi Vanjoki mentioned “new devices”, so there will probably be at least another handset announced alongside the E7. Maybe the MeeGo-based N9? I don’t think so, but let’s wait and see.
I have no idea who will replace Anssi Vanjoki, but one thing is certain: things are changing at Nokia. Let’s hope it’s for the better.