Is Nokia looking for a new CEO?

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.

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23 Comments to Is Nokia looking for a new CEO?

Texrat
July 20, 2010

I wouldn’t call Maemo dead, more like refactored. The effort will live on in MeeGo.

Mr. Out of Work CEO
July 20, 2010

Are they looking for a new CEO? Yes they are. Did they call me? Yes. And I said no.

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nic a
July 26, 2010

If Nokia was smart, they’d partner up with Google and start making smartphones that use Android.
They could still use Symbian for all of their non-smartphones.

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david
September 1, 2010

serve him right

david
September 1, 2010

anyway I was an ex nokia staff, got layoff in 2009, the way things are going for nokia is bad and mostly because of misguided management philosphy, they have forgotten why nokia is so successful that is by making innovative and exciting products, instead they listened to those whom who recites what they want to hear only thus the current situation, in the days of Jorma Orlila there was a sense of mission and pride, we try new things and allow new ways of doing things, nowadays when there is profit warning, the management goes berserk making cuts to staff as the only solution not realising that they are cutting off those very people who built the company into what it is today…very sad indeed….


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