Now Nokia's Chairman says he's leaving, but in 2012

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Are the knives out at Nokia or are executives voluntarily jumping off the cliff? Either way, Nokia Chairman Jorma Ollila is the latest to tell the board that he will serve until the company’s 2012 annual general meeting. The news comes less than a week after CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo announced he would step down on Sept. 21 in favor of former Microsoftie Stephen Elop. Annssi Vanjoki, head of mobile solutions only said he was off yesterday. These changes are happening uncharacteristically quickly at Nokia. I hope you’re keeping up at the back.

However, one thing is for sure, if you are looking to Nokia to suddenly find its Jonathan Ive or Steve Jobs, you’ll be waiting a long time. Having talked in depth to executives, I don’t think Nokia even wants a product obsessive to pilot the Supertanker that is Nokia’s mobile business.

For instance, this quote from Niklas Savanger, executive vice-president and general manager of Markets, at Nokia World, speaks volumes: “Execution is dependent on a much larger business than just two people. Right now there are 60,000 other Nokia people committed to executing on the strategy that we have.” In other words, well go on managing things like we always have – in a collegiate, distinctly Finnish ‘groupthink’ manner. Not in the manner of someone with one single vision, since we have so many handsets and products to support.

And that’s an issue, because software platforms, which is where the real fight is now for mobile, depend on having that single software vision.

  • Tom Lang

    “Are the knives are out at Nokia”

    Edit please

    • hary

      It seems Techcrunch did not see the web conference they had kept when announcing Steve Elop as new CEO.
      The first questions during FAQ was to Jorma form someone asking him, when he will step down, since when he left his CEO position in 2006, and took up Board position, he had said, that he will stay in the board for a short time and he also said in his answer that Nokia board had insisted him to stay in the board until this transition phase passes. So i think that led to this announcement earlier now, since Nokia wants to get all the executive shakeup out at once. IF they do in pieces, then people will keep on thinking constantly that oh now person X has gone, now Y has gone, so there must be still something bad going on at Nokai, which might not be really the case.
      So i think these guys are taking a good decision at the right time in announcing their exits.

  • taige

    oh man. looks pretty bad

  • Bob

    Scandal of tremendous proportion cannot be too far behind. Cooking the books? Cell phones made of cardboard? Technology stolen from dinosaurs? Overdose on pickled herring?

    Stay tuned!

  • Sukh

    Apart from the mobile devices business, Nokia has a lot invested in licensing telecommunication systems for mobile networks.

    Apple/BlackBerry/Google are closing in to their devices business and Siemens/Ericsson/Essar eating into their telecom ecosystem.

    It does not seem right that they will just give up without a fight.

    • A.T.

      pls check facts before you go into area you seem to know purely – in telco area only Ericsson can be considered competitor, and Siemens already fusioned with Nokia NET in 2007 formed NSN … and Essar… please…

      • Sukh

        Facts are right, except NSN. You have no idea how big the Essar group is.

      • A.T.

        omfg, you are probably after size of company… finish your classes first. I am not your mom, your education not my problem.

  • Rurik Bradbury

    The third dinosaur just rolled over and died, that’s all.

    Elop needs to hire someone who is world class at building a software ecosystem. That person will likely be in Silicon Valley, and he should locate the smartphone software design group there as well.

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  • cido

    Ollila fired Kallasvuo a week ago, and the board selected Elop as a replacement. Ollila mentioned already then (last week), that he will step down as well, so that Elop can lead the company without Ollila’s “shadow”. So no news here. Vanjoki was an inside-company-candidate to be the CEO, and when he wasn’t selected, he wanted to leave. So this all really comes together; there’s no big surprises at least from my point of view. It also explains why all this is happening so quickly.

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  • Orbots

    In a couple of years, Elop will have sold the company off in pieces.

    They’re done and they know it.

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  • Goergio

    Now, as we know what happend a couple of days ago (M$ takeover Nokia), Ollila should leave his post at emedeatly. First he driven a wrong driver, then he lost the ball=focus, and last & the worst was that he recruit CEO who´s even closer troy than his former company ever.

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  • vimal hasan

    Nokia Chairman Jorma Ollila sir your very brilliant storng man  my name is vimal i am from india in tamil nadu three days befroe i am purchased nokia n8 model in poovika shop because what iam saying just u take phone and see full pannel i am told left side 1st sim card 2st memory  3st one data pin  but they not close any rubber holder nokia is very fine desining but how can this type all happenning sir now days daily rain ,traffic pollution and so many natural problems ,so take action to close that date cable is very immporant inner one mini slot aslo ther  peopple belive nokia  very much especially in india is 1st i am purchased 21700rps in case anything happen what can i do service cetre simply they told water inside no service take out we are buying mobile like GOLD thatsway sir please take nice action for my world country nokia usindg  people ‘ JAI HIND’ 

                                            THANKING YOU SIR
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                                                                                       S. VIMAL HASAN
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