Nokia Realigns into 2 Regional Groups, Announces Leadership Changes
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Comments

Nokia announced plans to realign its primary customer-facing organization into two regional groups: one covering the Americas and the other responsible for Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia. The company also announced changes to its leadership team.

Ricky Corker was appointed president of customer operations, Americas. Corker is currently executive vice president and president North America, and he has played an instrumental role in returning the business in North America to growth and positioning Nokia strongly in 5G and other technologies. Prior to this he was head of the Asia-Pacific region and held senior roles in Europe and Australia.

Federico Guillén was named president of customer operations, EMEA and Asia. Guillén is currently president, fixed networks, where he has delivered consistently strong financial performance while also investing in future-oriented opportunities such as the cable market. Prior to this, he was president of Alcatel-Lucent Spain and head of the Telefónica account team.

"As we enter the 5G era, extreme customer focus is a must," said Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri. "The changes we are announcing today will ensure that we continue to have the senior management capacity necessary for superb customer relationships in a world of increasing speed and complexity. I am extremely pleased that we have two very strong leaders, Ricky Corker and Federico Guillén, to lead these new groups."

Ashish Chowdhary will continue to lead customer operations and remain a member of the Nokia Group leadership team until the end of 2018. He will then leave Nokia to take a leadership position in another company.

"Everyone has a time in their career when they want to try something new and, after 15 successful years at Nokia, Ashish has reached that moment," said Suri. "The decision to leave Nokia was his alone, but he goes with my full support. Ashish has been a close friend, confidant and business partner for many years. He is a person with deep integrity, far-reaching insight, strong leadership skills and a work ethic like few others. I am pleased that he will be joining one of the world's great companies in a prominent role, and I wish him every success."

Nokia's group leadership team will, effective Jan. 1, consist of the following members: Suri, Basil Alwan, Hans-Juergen Bill, Kathrin Buvac, Corker, Joerg Erlemeier, Barry French, Sanjay Goel, Bhaskar Gorti, Guillén, Kristian Pullola, Sri Reddy, Marc Rouanne, Maria Varsellona and Marcus Weldon.

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