Nokia announced that Timo Ihamuotila, Chief Financial Officer of Nokia, resigns from the company to join ABB in Switzerland as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive committee. Ihamuotila will continue in his current role as Nokia CFO and as a member of the company’s Group Leadership Team until December 31, 2016, and will remain as an advisor to the company until February 28, 2017, says the press release issued by the company.
Kristian Pullola, who currently is Nokia’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller, is appointed as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Group Leadership Team as of January 1, 2017.
As a result of this change, effective from January 1, 2017, the Nokia Group Leadership Team will consist of the following members: Rajeev Suri, Kristian Pullola, Samih Elhage, Federico Guillén, Basil Alwan, Bhaskar Gorti, Hans-Jürgen Bill, Kathrin Buvac, Ashish Chowdhary, Barry French, Marc Rouanne and Maria Varsellona.
“Timo has helped make Nokia a stronger and better company, and he has my admiration,” said Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia. “He was instrumental in the purchase of the Siemens share of Nokia Siemens Networks; the sale of Nokia’s Devices & Services business to Microsoft; the divestment of HERE, our former mapping business; the recent acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, and more. He has also played an important role in driving the strong performance of Nokia in recent years. Timo will be missed, but given that he rejoined Nokia in 1999, and now has been in the CFO role for seven years, I understand and support his desire for a new challenge at this point in his career.”
Suri further adds: “I am delighted that we are able to appoint Kristian Pullola as Timo’s successor, effective January 1, 2017. Kristian has been a strong contributor to the Nokia team since he joined us in 1999. He has expertise in all aspects of the CFO function, deep knowledge across our business in critical areas such as patent licensing and has been heavily involved in all key aspects of the Nokia transformation. Kristian’s track record, plus his close collaboration with Timo over many years, makes me confident that his transition into the role will be smooth and effective. We are very excited to have Kristian join the Group Leadership Team as Timo’s successor.”
Timo Ihamuotila said: “Nokia has been an important part of my life. After over 15 years with the company, it is time for me to take on a new challenge in a new company in a new industry. I am pleased to see a great long-time colleague taking over the role, and I leave knowing that the company is well-positioned for the future and focused on the right areas, with strong execution capabilities and a great team. Nokia will always have a place in my heart and I wish everyone in the company the very best for the coming years.”
Kristian Pullola said: “I am honored to have been selected as the new Chief Financial Officer of Nokia, and look forward to working with Rajeev and the rest of the Nokia team to create shareholder value in the years to come.”