Nokia is going to switch to a simplified company structure with three units: Mobile Solutions, Mobile Phones and Markets. This reorganization will go into effect on July 1.
“Nokia’s new organizational structure is designed to speed up execution and accelerate innovation, both short-term and longer-term,” says Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia.
The new Mobile Solutions unit will concentrate on the company’s high-end mobile computer and smartphone portfolio, based on the MeeGo and Symbian software platforms respectively.
The renewed Mobile Phones unit will focus on Nokia’s featurephones running Series 40.
These units will will be kept separate, with their own product planning, R&D and dedicated software assets.
The Markets units will be responsible for sales and marketing, management of Nokia’s global supply chains and sourcing operations.
This organizational change also includes changes among Nokia’s senior executives.
The Mobile Solutions unit will be headed by Anssi Vanjoki and be made up of MeeGo Computers, led by Alberto Torres, and Symbian Smartphones, led by Jo Harlow. Also part of this unit will be Services – led by Tero Ojanpera – which will continue to develop Ovi, and lead the development and deployment of new services.
Headed by Mary McDowell, the Mobile Phones unit will work closely with Services to add software to lower-end devices through offerings such as Ovi Life Tools, Ovi Mail, Ovi Store and Nokia Money.
The Markets unit will be headed by Niklas Savander.
Kai Oistamo will assume the role of Chief Development Officer and head of Corporate Development. Nokia has also appointed Rich Green to the position of Chief Technology Officer.
Rick Simonson, who currently heads Mobile Phones, has decided to retire from full-time duties at Nokia, but will continue as a senior advisor to Nokia.