Nokia appoints Rajeev Suri as president and CEO

Following the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business earlier this week, Nokia has appointed Rajeev Suri as president and CEO of Nokia

Nokia has appointed Rajeev Suri as its president and CEO, following Microsoft's acquisition of the company earlier this week.

Suri has worked at Nokia for 20 years, and was previously the CEO the company's solutions and networks (NSN) arm, which will take precedence as the firm re-directs its focus.

Nokia said its focus over the next 10 years will be in innovation, connectivity and location services.

The company will utilise its networks and technologies businesses to cater for "billions of connected devices" and improve life in education, transport and healthcare.

"Nokia's strategy is to develop its three businesses in order to realise its vision of being a technology leader in a connected world and, in turn, create long-term shareholder value," said Suri in a statement on Nokia's website,

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"Our goal is to optimise the company so that each business is best enabled to meet its goals. Where it makes sense to do so, we will pursue shared opportunities between the businesses, but not at the expense of focus and discipline in each."

Former Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop will now report to Nadella as executive vice-president of the Microsoft Devices Group.

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