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Nokia supposedly looking for new CEO

You might have noticed that the Wall street Journal is reporting that Nokia are actively searching for a new CEO to rejuvenate their past successes. A lot has been made after the reporting and apparently Nokia already have interviewed two candidates nothing has been confirmed yet but looking at the blogs and new sites today it seems like it is a reality.

Do Nokia really need a new CEO ???

Some Nokia investors have already said that Nokia needs a “Silicon Valley CEO” (complete utter nonsense BTW!!!)

Steal some executive from Apple, Google, Palm (John Rubenstein anyone ???) or Google  (maybe)

Someone from American that understands the American market well  apparently (maybe)

What pisses me off is that Americans think no Finnish person can run Nokia properly (are you eeffin kidding me !!!!) you don’t need an American CEO to be successful they have had tons of Finnish executives and had success in the past and some in the present (5800 is a sales success). Nokia didn’t become the worlds biggest handset manufacturer by luck it happened by hard work.

In my opinion Nokia doesn’t need a new CEO it will only delay plans with their roadmaps and future plans

Nokia need young fresh developers and designers from the outside who have lived the smartphone revolution since the iPhone launched in 2007 (BTW that could include Jay, Andre, Andy, Marc and ME !!!) alright joking aside I do mean it, there are bright people out there that could bring Nokia back to its glory days, they especially need people with software background as its the are they seem to be struggling most

What do you think ??? let us know in the comments


  1. N#O#R#U#L#E#S
    July 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    yes off course its needs..actual ceo management destroyed nokia in few years..a new good ceo is indispensable!!

    • John Wiegand-forson
      July 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Really !!! I mean a new CEO means restructuring which takes months, the new CEO will probably have a new strategy and roadmap which will take even longer to execute so by the time the new CEO is appointed and his plans are in place another year and a half would be gone which is a choice Nokia cannot take

  2. Jim
    July 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    actually I don’t think that an US ceo will help much. they should put Anssi Vanjoki the new ceo. US ceo will be good for us market , but not so good for the rest of the world. My opinion.

    • JFH
      July 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

      Yes, Vanjoki, and a anglo saxon presentation puppet.

  3. Andre
    July 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    A new charismatic, sociable and well-spoken CEO is a must at this point. A no-nonsense kind of guy with a total lack of acceptance for mediocrity. A CEO who is willing to listen to and take ideas not just from his advisors within the company but to listen to what the CONSUMERS themselves have to say. This is not to say he should obey our every beck and call but there have been instances where consumers and bloggers alike have made comments,( not in hindsight) and were totally ignored only to find that we were right in the first place. Case in point, under-powering the two main S60 5th edition devices in terms of RAM. I can’t tell you how many times while web-browsing with nothing else open I came across that message.
    In an ideal world it would be something with Finnish roots, either worked at Nokia while younger or grew up in Finland and understands the way things work in that country, the work ethic, business dealings and etiquette etc but at the same time has experience working in other markets namely the US and western Europe so that he has an enhanced understanding of the way things work in both and as such will push for strategies that appeal to everyone while at the same time maintaining their distinct Finnish roots.

    Ah well, one can dream eh

    • John Wiegand-forson
      July 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      We surely can but seriously if the current CEO is nothing like your description there then there needs to be someone new to come in with new ideas, the RAM issue is a B*** seriously !!!

  4. JFH
    July 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Nokia needs a US ceo like a fish needs a bicycle. please for the love of god do not yield another bastion of honest research to anglo saxon self serving propaganda. put in vanjoki, he is a badass, will fit right in, speaks decent enough english and would not lead to yet another delay while the new ceo gets up to speed. vanjoki please! then a us presenter like that gupta dude for google. that works. schmidt would sound like a turd doing that.

    Oh and Nokia, use some of the cash pile to do some parellel os work please.

    /rant

    • July 21, 2010 at 12:12 am

      Yup, if there was to be any one taking OPK’s seat it should be Anssi. Though who’d be taking over smartphone dev…I wish there were two Mr Vanjokis. The other with an American accent to flatter the West. (Nothing against Fin-eng accent, we just need slick speaker in their native tongue when addressing audiences of that language – be it in Chinese/French/English.)

      Though why now of all times to be looking for a new CEO when the plan is about to start bearing fruit.

      Having a non-Fin CEO would simply be just for that plain reason, non-Fin. Great for media. Pick who ever’s right for the job. Right now, that would be Anssi V (should OPK really have to step down) and he just happens to be Finnish.

      • Andre
        July 21, 2010 at 12:28 am

        Anssi should be allowed a degree of autonomy with the mobile section IMHO. Let him do his thing and bring someone in that’ll find a way of appealing the masses, and devs while also being a forward thinking, charismatic individual.

  5. viper
    July 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    This is possibly the best job in tech going, even steve jobs would be tempted. but realistically its an extremely complex job and I would imagine only an internal candidate would be suitable. but potentially someone from facebook, google, maybe News International, IBM and Bill Gates isn’t doing much these days! I’ll pencil in Bono as a maybe? David Beckham an outsider chance.

    • Andre
      July 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      Beckham LOL!!!
      More likely it’s someone from within.
      If not for Anssi being head of Mobile Services etc. I’d have him. But TBH I like Anssi right where he is now.

  6. July 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    It doesn’t matter where the CEO hails from, however no matter whom they choose the person needs to be able to do a few things that Nokia has been unable to do since 2007 – Respond QUICKLY to the market, respond WELL to what its competitors are doing and set in motion a plan to STOP responding and START making the other companies respond instead.

    They have the technology (hardware), they have the operating system (software) – They have the smarts to take those two and make one killer device, but they also need to make consumers understand it isn’t just about “appsappsapps” but until that wonderful day, they need to shift with the market and bring the “appsappsapps!”

    Common sense, really. I think so anyway..

    • Andre
      July 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm

      Trust me when I say that where the CEO comes from matters.

      • July 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm

        I mean in terms of nationality, not their resume background! 😉

        • Andre
          July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

          Lol nationality maybe no so much, but the culture matters. Corporate politics is no joke 😛 and any benefits or breaks that you get are gonna help you in your work environment a lot.

          • July 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm

            Well if we are talking culture, then yes take an American. 🙂 As messed up as the companies here in the States are, one of the things successful companies do do, is react to market changes fast. No matter the cost, no matter the burden. Nokia needs that, which is my point! 🙂

            As has been joked about, they are the biggest ship..the one that can’t seem to change direction!

  7. Andre
    July 20, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Inacurate :

    Well if we are talking culture, then yes take an American. :) As messed up as the companies here in the States are, one of the things successful companies do do, is react to market changes fast. No matter the cost, no matter the burden. Nokia needs that, which is my point! :)

    As has been joked about, they are the biggest ship..the one that can’t seem to change direction!

    So so very true.
    Read my new post!

  8. Ludwig van
    July 21, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I will be really surprised if the CEO comes from the USA. I’m betting it will be another Finn and is most likely working in Nokia.

    And smartphone revolution didn’t start 2007 with iPhone. Why? because it wasn’t a smartphone. A phone with an easy multitouch interface? Yes. Smartphone? Hell no! Why? Here’s a list of some of the things the iPhone was lacking:

    -multitasking
    -cut-and-paste
    -bluetooth file transfer
    -MMS support
    -Java support
    -user-installed applications
    -Microsoft office applications support (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
    -video record
    -video calling with second forward-facing camera
    -3G
    -GPS
    -FM radio
    -voice dial

    Not really a smartphone if you ask me. (BTW Nokia N95 had all those things in the list already in 2007…and more!)

    • July 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

      In the world of spin and deception fields, features produced in Nokia phones DO NOT matter until a competitor has them at a later stage. And should a competitor have something before a Nokia, that’s a huge failure on Nokia’s side.

      Maybe iPhones have perception altering drugs that leach into your skin when you touch them. Multitouch, more fingers to absorb the mind altering drugs.

      Don’t get me wrong, I like the iPhone for certain things. I just hate the baseless, illogical love the majority of people have for it.

  9. Juan
    July 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Hiring an US CEO in Nokia is like hiring a british designer in Ferrari. I really like to see Anssi there but also want to see what he could do in mobiles, at the end of the day Nokia problems are not only CEO related (marketing, go to market, device specs, UI, etc), but for sure if the CEO will change, better after N8 launch.

  10. July 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hi there, I didnt read all the comments that have been made, I just think that Nokia, whatever the nationality of the CEO is, should hire someone with charisma, that when he or she spoke we would get mesmerized with his words.
    For instance, I don’t like Steve Jobs, he’s evil and manipulates our minds, but as a public speaker he is a genius. It’s like: “Hello, mankind.” clap clap clap – but the man said nothing WTF?
    Nokia needs someone to be a strong public to represent its empire

  11. Frank
    July 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Nokia is slowly decaying and they need a CEO who can turn this ship around and fend off Apple/Google on the high end and Samsung, HTC and the Chinese on the low-end. For my money that means an American with past experience successfully turning a big company around. Nokia has great engineering but seems to be perenially 12-18 months late to every party – rapid delivery is essential.

  12. July 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I read a badly named, semi-factually inaccurate article today that managed to actually hit it spot on anyway despite the issues. Interesting read concerning the subject matter in this post here on MNB.

    http://j.mp/9hmd1b – From TGDaily

    This is Nokia’s problem to a T – Something that even big name companies are struggling with. I truly think it has to do most with the person steering the ship, the process used from top to bottom in how a product is designed, developed and eventually produced and the direct in which the company wants to head!

    Nokia needs a “Can Do” attitude right now, not a “Well, we could but…”

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