India-born Rajeev Suri appointed CEO of Nokia

File picture of Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.
File picture of Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.

Nokia on Tuesday appointed India-born Rajeev Suri as company’s President and CEO.

New Delhi, April 29/Nationalturk – In a good news for India, Finnish telecommunications equipment maker Nokia Tuesday appointed India-born Rajeev Suri as company’s President and CEO.

Rajeev Suri, 46,  was leading Nokia Solutions and Networks, the smaller network equipment unit of Nokia before the company sold its handset business to Microsoft in a $7.2 billion deal last year.

He replaces Stephen Elop, who has returned to Microsoft as the executive vice president of its devices group.

Nokia Board of Directors Chairman Risto Siilasmaa said as Nokia opens the new chapter, the Nokia Board and he is confident that Rajeev is the right person to lead the company forward. “He (Rajeev) has a proven ability to create strategic clarity, drive innovation and growth, ensure disciplined execution, and deliver results,”

Suri joins elite clubs of Indians heading global firms

Suri is a Mangalore University graduate and joins the elite club of Indians heading global firms, which includes PepsiCo Chairman Indra Nooyi, Reckitt Benckiser Chief Executive Rakesh Kapoor, President and Chief Executive of MasterCard Ajay Banga and Anshu Jain of Deutsche Bank.

“Nokia, with its deep experience in connecting people and its three strong businesses, is well-positioned to tap new opportunities during this time of technological change. I look forward to working with the entire Nokia team as we embark on this exciting journey,” Rajeev Suri said in a statement.

Suri also headed MSN

Suri headed NSN since October 2009 and was credited for “presiding over consistently improving results leading to the successful turnaround and restructuring of the company.”

Suri has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Mangalore University. He is based in Espoo, Finland.

With more than 23 years of international experience, Suri has worked in strategy and mergers & acquisitions, product marketing, sales, major account leadership, regional and business unit leadership and has lived in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and headed the Asia Pacific region for NSN in 2007.

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