Nokia has created a new division that will put its focus fully on 5G. The Access Networks division will be made up of Nokia’s current Mobile Networks and Fixed Networks business groups and will come into being on 1 January. The move will bring in some executive changes. Marc Rouanne, the president of Mobile Networks, will leave Nokia. He will be succeeded, with immediate effect, by Tommi Uitto, a 23-year Nokia veteran. A new chief for Fixed Networks will be appointed in due course. Both Uitto and the new head will report to the president of Access Networks, who will also soon be named.
With these shifts, Nokia’s leadership team now includes Rajeev Suri, Basil Alwan, Hans-Juergen Bill, Kathrin Buvac, Ashish Chowdary, Joerg Erlemeier, Barry French, Sanjay Goel, Bhaskar Gorti, Federico Guillén, Kristian Pullola, Sri Reddy, Maria Varsellona and Marcus Weldon. The president of Access Networks will also join the team.
Chowdary, head of Nokia’s customer operations, earlier stepped down, with reports saying he will head Apple’s operations in India, FierceWireless reported. Ricky Corker will on 1 January join the company, as president of customer operations for the Americas.