Nokia on Tuesday announced that, following the completion of its devices and sales division to Microsoft, it has appointed a new CEO who will take the helm starting on May 1. Rajeev Suri was tapped for the role and comes from the company’s “Networks’ division, formerly known as Nokia Siemens Networks, or NSN, where he has been the CEO since 2009.
“As Nokia opens this new chapter, the Nokia Board and I are confident that Rajeev is the right person to lead the company forward,” Nokia board of directors chairman Risto Siilasmaa said. “He has a proven ability to create strategic clarity, drive innovation and growth, ensure disciplined execution, and deliver results. We believe that his passion for technology will help ensure that Nokia continues to deliver innovations that have a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Nokia said over the next 10 years it hopes to be a leader in connecting devices, location services, and in the sensors and radios that will power new devices. The company has the footing to do so too, with its remaining Networks business, HERE business which is still focused on maps, and its Technology business that works on developing new intellectual property.
As of May 1, Nokia’s Networks and Technologies team will operate under the “Nokia brand.” The HERE team will continue to be referenced as “A Nokia Company,” Nokia said.