High Level Nokia Exec Abruptly Steps Down

Paul Lilly

Things are a little bit crazy over at Nokia right now. The world's No. 1 mobile phone maker on Friday showed Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo the door after serving four years as the company's chief executive, a position that was filled by Stephon Elop, the former lead dude in Microsoft's Office product line.

Nokia wants desperately to become a viable player in the smartphone market and not just an also-ran, but before the company can do that, it will now have to find a replacement for Anssi Vanjoki, the Executive Vice President and a member of Nokia Group Executive Board, who has handed in his resignation just one day before Nokia World, the company's big time annual event. This is the same guy some people had pegged as the potential Steve Jobs of Nokia.

"I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life," Anssi Vanjoki said in a statement. "At the same time, I am one hundred percent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year's Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions."

Vanjoki, who currently heads Nokia's Mobile Solutions unit, gave Nokia six months notice.

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