Nokia Hires Johnson for Critical Communications, Calabrese Moves to Webscale Customers
Monday, October 09, 2017 | Comments

Nokia hired Chris Johnson from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to lead the push into vertical industries. Company veteran Mike Calabrese will oversee the webscale and large enterprise customer segments.

The hires highlight the company’s commitment to expanding its customer base outside of the communications service provider market by providing enterprise customers with carrier-grade networks to support critical communications needs, a statement said.

Nokia said many enterprises are merging IT and operational communications networks, exploring how best to embrace the cloud and the internet of things (IoT), enhance cyber-security and transform their operations.

“Nokia’s expertise in mission- and business-critical communications networks has propelled the company into a leadership position in areas as diverse as private LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks for the mining industry, GSM-R and IP/MPLS technology for railways and packet microwave technology for power utilities,” Johnson said. “Our technology and usage-case approach enable us to bring carrier-grade critical communications capabilities to a range of vertical industries that demand the utmost in reliability, resiliency and security to support their operations.”

Johnson will lead Nokia’s global enterprise sales organization focused on bringing mission-critical communications technology to transportation, energy, public sector and other enterprise customer segments. He has global responsibility for business strategy and driving sales into defined segments and markets.

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