Well, it’s all change at Nokia. Mr Fix It, Anssi Vanjoki is exiting the building as soon as he can (given his 6 months notice period). Now then, this is very interesting news. What does it mean? Well, it’s either brilliant news for the company, or absolutely shocking news.
Strange not to see any “sorry to see you go” quotes from colleagues in the press release.
Strange given the chap is widely regarded to be Mr Fix-it. And one of the company’s top board directors.
Strange given the market was looking to him to fix Nokia’s mobile device unit.
Strange he is departing the company and not taking up a non-job “thanks for coming” position before leaving to “spend more time with his motorbikes.”
Strange time for the announcement.
I like the chap. He’s always been passionate about mobile and Nokia whenever I’ve met him. Here’s the announcement:
Nokia announced today that Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and a member of Nokia Group Executive Board has given notice of resignation from Nokia. Vanjoki, who currently heads Nokia’s Mobile Solutions unit, has six months notice period and he will continue in his current tasks for the time being.
“I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life,” Anssi Vanjoki says. “At the same time, I am one hundred per cent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year’s Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions.”
Update: Today’s news is a gift to Apple-focused Western media: Now they’ve got a brilliant peg to hang any Nokia World news. Who was handling the news agenda on this one?