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Nokia’s Head of Mobile Solutions, Anssi Vanjoki, Resigns

The man who became Nokia’s Director of Mobile Solutions, Anssi Vamjoki, has resigned from the post just a few months after starting the role. A Nokia press release issued this morning said that Mr. Vanjoki, who has been with the company since 1991, would continue working on his current tasks through his six month notice period.

It continues with a brief statement from Mr. Vanjoki himself:

I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life, at the same time, I am one hundred per cent 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.

Quite apart from the fact this news has broken the day before the opening of Nokia World – the company’s major annual event – Mr. Vanjoki was a driving force behind the N8 and was ‘committed, perhaps even obsessed, with getting Nokia back to being number one in high-end devices’, making his role an important part of Nokia’s continued battle against Apple, Google and Samsung.

So what has happened to cause such a drastic turnaround in a few months? We can only speculate, but the most obvious would be that he was hoping for a go at the CEO’s job, a position filled by Stephen Elop just a few days ago. However, the Mobile Solutions role was one that he said he had ‘been preparing for over the last 20 years’, so it seems strange he would give it up so readily after just three months. Forbes list his 2009 compensation as being more than €2.1 million (£1.7 million), so we don’t think money is the reason either. Could it be disillusionment with the direction Nokia is heading in?

We’ll probably never know, but seeing as this is the man responsible for giving us the Nseries range, it represents another key change at Nokia in a very short space of time.

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