Nokia has announced a shake-up of its senior leadership
after the president of its mobile networks business Samih
Elhage stepped down.
Elhage has headed up Nokia’s mobile division
since 2015, but will leave his current role on 1 April to
"pursue new opportunities" according to the Finnish vendor.
He joined Nokia (then Nokia Siemens Networks) as COO in
2012, having previously worked for Bell Canada and Nortel
Networks. Elhage has held several roles during his five year
stint at the company, and has been a member of the group
leadership team since 2014.
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri praised Elhage’s
involvement in acquiring Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion in
"From helping lead the transformation at Nokia Siemens
Networks and creating a disciplined operating model that
remains a competitive advantage, to being one of the driving
forces behind the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and its fast
and successful integration, Samih's contributions to Nokia have
been remarkable," said Suri.
"He has been a close friend and advisor through times both
good and bad, and I fully support his desire for a change."
Alongside the announcement of Elhage’s
departure, Nokia revealed a restructure of its group leadership
team and business structure, although it did not reveal if this
was linked to Elhage’s parting.
The changes will see Nokia split its mobile networks arm
into two separate organisations: one products and solutions
division, which will be called Mobile Networks, and another
focussing on services, called Global services.
Elhage will be replaced by two people, who will each head up
a division: current chief innovation and operating officer Marc
Rouanne will become president of the Mobile Networks division,
overseeing 4G, 5G, small cells and other mobile solutions; and
Igor LePrince, who is currently EVP of global services, will
become president of Global Services, joining the GLT.
Nokia will also split its CIOO division, moving operating
activities under the control of current COO of fixed networks
Monika Maurer, who will become group COO. Innovation will fall
under the remit of Marcus Weldon, who remains as president and
CTO of Nokia Bell Labs, and will not join the GLT.
Chief strategy officer Kathrin Buvac will assume
responsibilities for incubation of new business opportunities,
which previously fell under the Rouanne’s
responsibilities, while CMO Barry French will look after
health, safety, security and the environmental policies.
"These changes are designed to accelerate the execution of
our strategy," Suri added. "They will strengthen our ability to
deliver strong financial performance, drive growth in services,
meet changing customer demands in mobile networks, achieve our
cost saving and ongoing transformation goals, and enable
strategic innovation across our networks business."