It’s been quite a while since the previous CTO of Nokia, Rich Green left the company. According to various rumors, he was at the forefront of the Meego movement in the company. We all know that the strategy had changed a LOT after feb. 11 and obviously he left due to conflict on interest. Apparently, he went on a long leave and it seems to have ended now that the new CTO has been selected.
He is none other than the Nokia Research chief Henry Tirri. He has been appointed as the new Chief Technology officer at Nokia, also designated as one of the Executive Vice Presidents there.
What’s interesting to note is, he will be based out of Sunnyvale, California which is the heart of Silicon Valley, U.S. We already know that the Nokia U.S HQ is based from Sunnyvale, CA.
I am sure Tirri would be a good match since you know, he has been the research chief of the biggest spender in R&D. Who knows what tricks he might have, in his sleeves.
Update : Interesting to note that Tirri was acting as the interim CTO since Green went on leave, check out this interview .
Nokia appoints Henry Tirri Chief Technology Officer and member of Nokia Leadership Team
Published September 22, 2011
Stock exchange release
September 22, 2011 at 9.30 (CET+1)
Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced today that Henry Tirri has been appointed executive vice president, Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Nokia Leadership Team, effective September 22, 2011. He reports directly to President and CEO Stephen Elop.
As Chief Technology Officer, Tirri assumes responsibility for the CTO organization, charged with setting Nokia's technology agenda both now and in the future, and driving core innovation to enable business development opportunities.
Previously, Tirri was Head of Nokia Research Centre (NRC), Nokia's forward looking research facility. He joined Nokia in 2004 as a Research Fellow before leading NRC Systems Research laboratory in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Tirri will be based in Sunnyvale, California.
Richard Green, who was appointed Chief Technology Officer in May 2010, and was a member of the Nokia Leadership Team since February 11, 2011, has elected to depart Nokia. Effective September 22, 2011, he is no longer a member of the Nokia Leadership Team. Green will be returning full time to the U.S. to pursue new opportunities.
"During his time at Nokia, Henry has provided Nokia technical leadership and challenged us to explore forward-looking technologies. In his new role, Henry will have the opportunity to make a greater impact and set the course for Nokia and our role in the mobile industry," said Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop. "The company would also like to thank Rich Green for the key role he played in assisting Nokia through a major transition. We wish him all the best success in his future ventures."
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