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Anssi Vanjoki left because he didn’t become CEO?

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

It would appear that Anssi Vanjoki has come right out and explained his reason for resigning from the company. Being the utter straight shooter that he is, in a Wall Street Journal interview, he said the following when asked about his resignation

“I didn’t become the CEO. It is as simple as that,”

I think this answer speaks volumes to the kind of man that he is and the sort of pain he’d probably felt after being overlooked for a position he’d worked towards in his 20 year career at Nokia. While many people will think that his being overlooked for the position is a sign that he was incompetent, or old-fashioned or simply too close to the old hierarchy, I honestly believe he was overlooked because of maybe 2 decisions made in the past in addition to the board’s aim it would seem to become more Westernized (read: US- friendly ). While he will be missed, we can only hope that the company continues to work away at fixing not just their software and hardware issues (somewhat overstated in my opinion) but their perception in the western world (In no part helped by the primarily US-centric blogosphere ) and their below-par marketing and public relations & communications.

Another quote taken from the same interview, he acknowledges that older versions of Symbian couldn’t possibly compete in the touchscreen sphere and that their initial attempts at this probably failed due to their approach in tweaking the existing software to a larger display and different interface paradigm while delaying a complete rewrite of the software stack.

Hopefully the upcoming S^3 devices and to-be-seen MeeGo devices go a long way to repairing Nokia’s image in the western world.


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  1. September 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    No link to the Wall Street Journal article?

    • Andre
      September 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

      Thought I’d included it as a “via” link. It’s been corrected

  2. alex68
    September 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Anssi is not suitable to take the CEO post at Nokia. Actually no one in OPK management team is able to tackle Nokia’s structural and chronic problems. I would like to see at least half of OPK management team sacked in the near future. Otherwise, I don’t see the hope for a NEW NOKIA.

    • Andre
      September 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      That may be true, a lot of senior managers have recently resigned and I’m sure more still will be asked to leave within the next 6 months to a year.

    • Roger Johnson
      September 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

      Anssi was great in the role he was in, but I agree not CEO. So either way, he would have left the current post.

  3. alex68
    September 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Also engineers should be shaken up. Many of them don’t do anything good at Nokia at all.


    • Roger Johnson
      September 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      > Many of them don’t do anything good at Nokia at all.

      Statements like that need really solid proof I’m afraid. Otherwise I think you’re talking complete rubbish.


      • alex68
        September 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

        What proof do you need? Nokia device department has 17K research arm and Nokia spent nearly 6B Euro in R&D as of last year. After 3 years, finally Nokia is able to produce some phone like N8 looking promising. But what is new in N8/S3, except USB OTG and CBD? Everything else has already existed in the phones by some vendors. Nokia is just able to put/pile everything together, nothing else new at all! Yes, Nokia recently patented the design of physical hinge. Apple patented 200 patents in Iphone4. Do you see the big difference?

      • alex68
        September 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

        2005 two of my old colleagues moved to Nokia to research “Linux kernel writing”. 2009 Nokia was able to produce a so-called 4-step-of-5 product Maemo based N900. 2008 Nokia bought QT and 2010 till NOW, nokia still doesn’t have a proper web browser for its high end phones!

        After nearly 2 years Nokia has been losing considerable market share in low end, Nokia was able to product dual-sim phones for emerging market such as India and Africa.

        Nokia R&D people are still living in the old era of mobile phone! Nokia must aggressively cut people who don’t have the right knowledge and skill to do work in the new challenging mobile times and hire new talents. This is the only way that Nokia can recover the competitive power!
        I am not surprised to see Nokia R&D headcounts cut at least 20% in the near future.

        Next time when you feel clueless, work hard and try to find the clues yourself!

      • alex68
        September 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

        Nokia has the biggest (not strongest) R&D army in terms of headcounts and expense. How ever it now just started merely catch-up game. What investors including me want to see is Nokia will play the leading role of the game!

        Otherwise, Nokia may still stay in the game, even be able to produce the biggest volume for some time. But its future and fate will be definitely doomed.

        • September 25, 2010 at 12:30 am

          Please read this, dated July 2009 and written by Tomi Ahonen. Trust me, I KNOW it is a TL;DR novel by the man, but it needed to be to cover all the points you just made and more.

          The only recap I can give that is short, but doesn’t necessarily explain everything would be: Nokia patented and did their R&D a minimum of five years before Apple, RIM, LG, Samgsung, etc. That is why we don’t see a lot of action from them now.

          If you just look at the technology in the mobiles industry now, it’s been cresting for the last few years on all fronts. Even touch screens were out before the iPhone hit the market, they just hadn’t been as polished like Apple was able to produce.

          But all in all, no company has been more innovative than Nokia. Nokia has been leading in that column in every category until there wasn’t anything left to add!!

  4. Stylinred
    September 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I think we all knew he was miffed about the CEO position; its pretty cool of him to admit it and not veil it in some user friendly(?) response

    I’m sure he could have had the position but Nokia obviously wanted to go new and fresh and get some outside blood in there while maintaining some Nokia ennui (hence a Canadian that works on Office)

    They probably would have chosen Vanjoki but likely felt it was more of the same

  5. Roger Johnson
    September 23, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Let’s put something into perspective shall we?

    While the best Nokia had to offer was this apparently ‘crap’ old S60 3rd Ed. or S60 5th Ed., which the media reckon was uncompetitive and Nokia were getting hammered by the likes of iPhone and Android (which is TOTAL, TOTAL SHIT), Nokia GREW sales by some 35 – 40% over the last year!!! And market share continuously too! And iPhone marketshare shrunk!

    What lies, lies, lies the media tell….

    • Stylinred
      September 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      really? i was under the impression that market share has been steadily declining

      • GordonH
        September 24, 2010 at 2:08 am

        Positive Note : Nokia’s smartphone market share is great.The smartphone market grew and helped most manufacturers increase unit sales. Nokia is the first company to build and successfully sell budgeted smartphones. Great implementation of Symbian 3^.
        Negative Note: N97 hardware specs. Great plans for Ovi but gave us buggy and poor user experiences. I blame it on executives not using the right software engineers. Nokia profits, image and stock prices have taken a dip.

  6. September 24, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I still think Elop should have been given carte blanche control of the US market while Vanjoki was given the reigns for the rest of the world.

    Elop may really help with my countries …special needs, but Nokia’s top management for the past four years has really done well in the global market. I am a little worried about what his effect may be globally, it could be good OR bad. But he may think changes are needed out there, too.

    Why sacrifice, even potentially, the global market by having some of the people who have made sure it’s been handled well, leave? They still could have focused just globally and ignored the US entirely, heck they might have made an even better product all around for that market by not having to pander the stupid US market.

  7. September 24, 2010 at 9:05 am

    vanjoky is a no balls man….

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