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Anssi Vanjoki resigns from Nokia – will we have any Nokia Execs left for Nokia World?

I thought it was a joke when I was reading my twitter feeds. Top Nokia Execute, THE Anssi Vanjoki has resigned from Nokia. Anssi was the most charismatic of the Nokia Execs. He spoke openly and honestly, with much passion not only of Nokia’s achievements, and future goals but also of their short comings. It is a sad day to hear that he is going, especially so soon just before Nokia World.

Did Anssi apply for the top job which we know now is taken by a non-Fin, MS-Exec, Mr Stephen Elop? Is there going to be much more transformation at Nokia than the recruitment of Canadian Born Elop?

Anssi Vanjoki (As well as being famous for once getting the most expensive speeding ticket) Nokia’s executive vice president in charge of the Mobile Solutions unit, responsible for the company’s portfolio of mobile computers, smartphones and the services business.


Update: Press Release here

Anssi Vanjoki resigns from Nokia
September 13, 2010

Nokia Corporation
Stock Exchange Release
September 13, 2010 at 9.30 (CET +1)

Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced today that Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and a member of Nokia Group Executive Board has given notice of resignation from Nokia. Vanjoki, who currently heads Nokia’s Mobile Solutions unit, has six months notice period and he will continue in his current tasks for the time being.

“I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life,” Anssi Vanjoki says. “At the same time, I am one hundred per cent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year’s Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions.”

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  1. gruik
    September 13, 2010 at 9:06 am

    bad news, bad news

    • Roger Johnson
      September 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      Not really. Everyone needs to stop over-reacting (a common fault among geeks).

      Some more balanced and sober analysis: http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/12103_Anssi_Vanjoki_resigns_from_Nok.php

      • Keith
        September 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm

        We SHOULD be over-reacting. Anssi Vanjoki was one of the most brilliant guys Nokia has ever had. He put a lot of effort in his work. And when Nokia appointed a foreign guy as the CEO, of course he would be disappointed. I personally have no issues with Stephen Elop, but I think Anssi deserved the CEO position more than anyone at this point. He could’ve taken Nokia easily where it is supposed to go. We can’t say what Stephen’s plans are.

        This is one of the worst days Nokia has ever seen. And now I respect Anssi even more when he said that he’ll put all his effort into Nokia till the very last day of his work!

        • Roger Johnson
          September 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

          I think you have a somewhat distorted view of reality. You’re acting like the entire company and success of Nokia hangs on Vanjoki. Over reacting as you are is simply pointless.

          Nokia will head on to success due to the combined efforts of many people. They CAN afford to lose Vanjoki easily, and appoint someone else appropriate in the post.

          You’re writing as if you have worked for Nokia for years at senior management level and know everything about it. Actually you’re not as someone in that position would never react the way the geek-boys are here.

          People need to chill. Nokia/Symbian are going to be a much bigger success than they are already.

          • Keith
            September 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm

            You prolly didnt get me. Yes, Nokia’s success depends on a lot of people. But when an important person like Anssi Vanjoki leaves, you feel a bit skeptical about what’ll happen next. We dont know how Stephen will handle Nokia. He CAN take Nokia to newer heights, but thats not 100% sure. We can hope. As far as I know Anssi Vanjoki, he was a very passionate Nokia employee and Nokia definitely lost one of their brilliant workers. I’m not saying that Nokia will be destroyed or anything. This is their chance to achieve more success…..only if they take the right decision.

  2. Niraj
    September 13, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Holy Crap. I am more fan of him than nokia.. hell what going Nokia??

    • ACA
      September 13, 2010 at 9:45 am

      If this shake up helps them realize the mistakes they made these past 3 years(since the N95) then so be it.

  3. nocare
    September 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

    A long as meego it their first priority,

  4. ACA
    September 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I think it would be natural to assume he is miffed about be passed over for the head gig.

  5. nocare
    September 13, 2010 at 10:07 am


    those who was responsible for the making of n96 and N 97 please step out of nokia! I dont want to see their face in nokia.

    • alex68
      September 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

      Vanjoki was the prime person who led S60 development …

  6. alex68
    September 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Compared with other executives, Vanjoki is more competent. But when think about the N97 and the S60 developed under his leadership, he did not help much. N8 was delayed so much, he did not keep his promise so well either…

    Nokia never lacks genius。Nokia bureaucrat has been burying Nokia’s glory and future. Now it is time to stop!

    • GordonH
      September 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      Well said.
      Any executive slightly connected to the hardware specs finalization of the N96 and N97 needs to be held responsible.
      Nokia’s upcoming services and products looks great today but the major blunders made in the past 3 years could have been avoided ahhhh.

  7. Stylinred
    September 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    a major reorganization is need imo 2 prominent figures being replaced might look bad on the surface but i can see it being a great shift for the company im sure there’s a few more people they can have resign

    just as long as they dont replace them with the same person in a different skin.

  8. nocare
    September 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I dont feel proud clutching n97mini in iphone crowd, fucaaakking resistive plastic screen, opera mobile quit for no reasons, my phone hang uncountable times

    no singaporean want to buy it ,

  9. James
    September 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Nokia will slide into oblivion and obscurity like Palm.

    Sure you may still dominate dumbphone sales, but that’s not where the action and lucrative profit margins lie.

    Frankly, I’m not optimistic about Elop’s appointment, but at least there’s a fresh start.

    • Roger Johnson
      September 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

      Hello iPhone/Android fanboy. I bet the downfall of Nokia would give you much rejoicing. The opposite is going to happen though 🙂

    • dkaras
      September 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm

      I think they’re getting acquired, eventually, or will have to merge with somebody like RIM. Once <$200 Android phones from Huwei and other white box Asian manufacturers start flooding the market, it's good-bye Espoo. That's going to happen inside of a year.

      They had their time in the sun.

      • Jim
        September 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

        hmmm. not sure that will happen. but in a future we shall see more no name phones coming to market. same as PC in ’90s(see IBM or NEC)
        the only solution will be if they’ll do like apple and sell premium , trandy products. we shall see. so far thay are staying ok on low end which is not only for 3rd worlds. I know a lot of rich guys who prefer phones only for making phone calls and long battery life. so low end phones will not die any time soon.

      • Roger Johnson
        September 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm


        Loving the comedy mate, thanks!

      • GordonH
        September 14, 2010 at 10:31 am

        You’re one funny kid. I give you that 🙂

  10. Cocco Bill
    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    dkaras :
    I think they’re getting acquired, eventually, or will have to merge with somebody like RIM. Once <$200 Android phones from Huwei and other white box Asian manufacturers start flooding the market, it’s good-bye Espoo. That’s going to happen inside of a year.
    They had their time in the sun.

    Oh man… Are you on acid or something, because you sound really delusional?

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