The previous head of Mobile Networks, Samih Elhage, is going to step down soon. The marketer said with the integration of Alcatel-Lucent complete

Nokia has a cabinet reshuffle, Elhage steps down

With the manifest aim of boosting its business, Nokia has made some changes to its organisers’ team and had a consequent reshuffle of its executive team. The most significant change is the separation of the services part of the Mobile Networks business unit into a new one called Global Services. The previous head of Mobile Networks, Samih Elhage, is going to step down soon. The marketer said with the integration of Alcatel-Lucent complete, Elhage “decided to pursue new opportunities”. He will continue in the role until 1 April 2017 and will remain as an advisor to the company until 31 May.

 Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri declined to use this opportunity to elaborate on the company’s services strategy, opting for the tried-and-tested corporate platitude route instead. “These changes are designed to accelerate the execution of our strategy. They will strengthen our ability to deliver strong financial performance, drive growth in services, meet changing customer demands in mobile networks, achieve our cost saving and ongoing transformation goals, and enable strategic innovation across our networks business”. CEO said.

Marc Rouanne, currently chief innovation and operating officer, will become president of the mobile networks business group. He will be made responsible for products and solutions including 4G, 5G and cells. Igor Leprince, the current EVP of Global Services, will become the division’s president. All these changes will take place from April 1st.

“These changes are designed to accelerate the execution of our strategy,” said Suri. “They will strengthen our ability to deliver strong financial performance, drive growth in services, meet changing customer demands in mobile networks, achieve our cost saving and ongoing transformation goals, and enable strategic innovation across our networks business.”

Suri said Nokia ended 2016 having shifted from being mobile-focused to being an improving software sector.

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