Nokia’s US president Mark Louison has immediately been replaced by Chris Weber. The interesting about this news is that Chris, just like Elop, is a former Microsoft vet.
Chris has served 5 years for Microsoft and will be working closely with his former employer. Of course, this background will mean he’s likely to cooperate very will in Elop’s new smartphone strategy.
“Today Nokia CEO Stephen Elop outlined the new strategic direction for Nokia, including plans for a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new global mobile ecosystem, and reiterated his commitment to improving Nokia’s position in North America. “With the new strategy in place, I believe Chris brings to the team a great combination of well-developed leadership skills, broad sales and marketing experience and solid consumer insight. Chris’s experience will be invaluable in helping us to establish our new ecosystem strategy in the market,” said Colin Giles, Executive Vice President, Sales, Nokia.
Chris Weber commented on his new Nokia position: “I am very excited to be part of the Nokia team at this time of change and incredible opportunity. Nokia’s new strategy will open up new possibilities, and we look forward to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations in this market. We will work relentlessly on winning the trust of our customers and the hearts of consumers.”