Nokia shakes up its leadership to focus on 5G


As you might have noticed, Nokia’s experiments outside its core networking business haven’t gone so well — its VR camera efforts floundered, and it sold its digital health unit after failing to capitalize on Withings’ early successes. And now, the company is shaking things up to refocus on what it does best. Nokia is merging its mobile and wired network groups into a single Access Networks team that will help it “fully exploit” the potential of 5G. That group will have its own (as yet unnamed) president, but in the meantime it’s changing its executive team.

The company’s current mobile networks lead, former Alcatel-Lucent exec Marc Rouanne, is leaving the company to be replaced by Tommi Uitto, a 23-year veteran of Nokia billed as an “expert in radio technologies.” His mix of technical know-how and sales experience makes him a “strong leader,” CEO Rajeev Suri said.

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