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Nokia announces structure, executives after Alcatel merger

Nokia announces structure, executives after Alcatel merger

Nokia has announced the leadership and organisational structure it plans to implement subject to the successful closing of its public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent announced in April. After the closing of the acquisition, the networks business will be conducted through four business groups: mobile networks, fixed networks, applications & analytics and IP/optical networks. Alongside these, Nokia Technologies would continue to operate as a separate business group. 

The mobile networks group would be headed by Samih Elhage, currently Nokia Networks’ chief financial and operating officer. The president of the fixed networks group would be Federico Guillen, currently president of fixed networks for Alcatel-Lucent. The applications and analytics group will be led by Bhaskar Gorti, who currently serves a president of IP platforms at Alcatel-Lucent. The IP/Optical Networks division will have as its president Basil Alwan, currently Alcatel-Lucent president of IP routing and transport. Nokia Technologies would continue to be headed by its president, Ramzi Haidamus. 

Nokia expects to align its financial reporting under two key areas: Nokia Technologies and the networks business, which will comprise the mobile networks, fixed networks, applications & analytics and IP/optical networks. Nokia expects to announce further details of the new financial reporting structure after the closing of the exchange offer. The combined company is expected to have a common sales organisation across the business groups, except for Nokia Technologies. 

In addition, effective after the closing of the exchange offer, there would be six additional unit leaders within the combined company, who would report directly to the president and CEO of the combined group, Rajeev Suri, who is currently CEO of Nokia. Timo Ihamuotila, Nokia’s CFO would continue to serve as CFO. Nokia Networks’ chief business officer, Ashish Chowdhary would serve as chief customer operations officer. Marc Rouanne, currently executive vice president, mobile broadband for Nokia Networks, would serve as chief innovation and operating officer. 

Hans-Juergen Bill, currently Nokia’s executive vice president for human resources, would become chief human resources officer. Katherine Buvac, currently Nokia Networks’ vice president of corporate strategy would serve as chief strategy officer. Barry French, currently Nokia’s chief marketing officer, will also keep the same role, as will Maria Varsellona as chief legal officer.

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