Nokia revamps, hires ex-Sun software boss as CTO


Nokia revamps, hires ex-Sun software boss as CTO

Ian Grant

Nokia, the world's biggest mobile phone company, has simplified its management structure "to increase competitiveness and deliver a stronger and more differentiated consumer experience", the company said.

The company will consist of three business units: mobile solutions, mobile phones and markets. The move, which will come into effect on 1 July, aims to accelerate product innovation and software execution in line with Nokia's goals of integrating content, applications and services into its mobile computer, smartphone and mobile phone portfolio, it said in a statement.

Division functions

The mobile solutions unit will concentrate on the high-end mobile computer and smartphone portfolio. The devices will use both the older, now open source Symbian operating system, as well as the new MeeGo operating system Nokia is developing with Intel.

These devices will be tightly integrated with Nokia's internet services to increase the combined value for consumers, Nokia said.

The mobile phones unit will aim to maintain Nokia's leadership in the feature-rich mobile phone market and drive Series 40, which has about one billion users.

Both divisions will have dedicated portfolio management, including product planning, R&D and dedicated software assets.

Markets will be responsible for Nokia's go-to-market activities, including sales and marketing, supply chain management and sourcing operations.

Leader board

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said the new structure was designed to speed up execution and accelerate innovation.

Anssi Vanjoki will head the mobile solutions unit. MeeGo Computers head Alberto Torres and Symbian Smartphones boss Jo Harlow will report to him.

Tero Ojanpera will head mobile solutions services, which will continue to develop Ovi as an integrated service for smartphones and mobile computers. Ojanpera will also lead the development and deployment of new services on Nokia's mobile phones.

Nokia has also appointed ex-Sun software boss Rich Green as CTO to drive a common technology architecture across Nokia. He will report to Vanjoki.

Mary McDowell will head the mobile phones unit and work closely with services to add value to lower-end devices through offerings such as Ovi Life Tools, Ovi Mail, Ovi Store and Nokia Money.

Markets will be headed by Niklas Savander while Kai Oistamo becomes chief development officer.

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