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CEO behind new Nokia smartphones suddenly fired

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 20 Jul 2017 10:45 User comments (5)

CEO behind new Nokia smartphones suddenly fired HMD Global, a small Finnish company, became somewhat of a focal point of smartphone news in May last year as it bought the rights for famed Nokia brand. The company also made deals with the Nokia corp, that is still rocking the network business, for some mobile technology licenses.
In December it released HMD released its first Nokia phone, the Nokia 150 dumb phone. In early 2017 it expanded to smartphones with Android phones Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. In February it even recreated the legendary Nokia 3310.

Everything seemed to be going fine but behind the scenes something had happened. Yesterday, suddenly, the company posted a press release that informed the CEO of the company, Arto Nummela, has left the company.

According to the statement the both parties agreed upon the decision but it is clear that there were some disagreements or failures that aren't being discussed. Especially since Nummela leaves the company immediately, and was replaced as the acting CEO yesterday by company President Florian Seiche.

Usually when a company is making a strategic move it'll slowly phase out current leaders that are being removed. This time around everything happened, to the outsiders at least, completely out of the blue and was effective immediately. It is also strange that the CEO was fired while this years smartphone portfolio hasn't been completed.

One has to hope that this doesn't affect, at least negatively, to the rumored upcoming flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8.

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5 user comments

120.7.2017 13:37

This company is a hot mess.

Shame too because Nokia made really quality, durable phones.

Had they simply competed, and actually brought out a flagship phone (kinda like that 1280 full camera model, whatever the model was way back when), then Nokia would be a major player now.

Stupid F'ing decision makers! BAD DECISION MAKERS!

220.7.2017 23:25

I worked on their cell phones back in 2000 while working at Celestica in Toronto.

321.7.2017 12:18

who was the person who wrote this article and does not know English grammar?

421.7.2017 12:24

look at the line below the title & I think that person is finnish.

522.7.2017 7:23

Originally posted by kanaske:
who was the person who wrote this article and does not know English grammar?

calm down. knowing english grammar is desirable, but not critical in writing tech articles in blogs; specially, when its writers can hardly spend time on it. being a native english guy or not, people do mistakes, and IMHO, that's OK. however, i agree that too many mistakes give an unpleasant experience in reading.

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