Is Nokia looking for a new CEO?
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (also known as OPK) has been the CEO of Nokia since 2006, but according to a Wall Street Journal report Nokia has launched a search to replace OPK. Given that Nokia’s market share growth has been flat for the past several quarters and their mindshare has been down in 2010, it doesn’t seem all that unrealistic that they may be looking for someone to shake things up a bit and bring in a fresh perspective with a desire to increase Nokia’s market share and expand their lead. There have been some rather rocky times lately (launch of the Nokia N97 and quick death of N900 and Maemo) and the upcoming Nokia N8 is already losing some enthusiasm with statements that it will be the last Nseries Symbian-based phone (confusing since other statements came out that there could be Symbian^4 Nseries units). I don’t know if changing the CEOs can turn this around, but it may show people that Nokia is still serious about leading in this space.
The WSJ report stated that the board was looking to find someone before the end of July so we should hear more about this possible replacement soon.