HMD Global, the company that owns the rights to use Nokia’s brand on mobile phones and tablets, yesterday announced that its CEO Arto Nummela has stepped down from his position. However, what’s surprising is that CEO Arto Nummela is leaving the company with “immediate effect.”
“Through mutual agreement between Chief Executive Officer Arto Nummela and the HMD Global Board of Directors, Arto Nummela will leave HMD with immediate effect,” the company said in a statement, at late evening yesterday.
The reason behind Nummela resigning is still unclear at the moment as the company pointed out that the decision was mutual. As of now, Florian Seiche, HMD Global’s president, has been appointed to the additional role of acting CEO, the company added. ALSO READ: HMD Global launches refreshed Nokia 105, Nokia 130 feature phones: Price, specifications, features
In a statement announcing the management changes, Sam Chin, HMD Global’s chairman of the Board, said: “On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Arto for his contribution and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
To recap, Arto Nummela joined HMD Global last year. Before HMD Global, he served leadership roles at Nokia and then Microsoft in sales and marketing.ALSO READ: Nokia partners HMD Global to sell smart health devices under Withings brand in India
HMD products are built by a unit of Foxconn. The company acquired the manufacturing and distribution assets of Nokia phone business from Microsoft last year. Having said that, earlier this year, HMD re-entered India with the classic 3310 feature phone with bright colors. The refreshed 3310 costs Rs 3,310 in India. However, the company has launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 Android-powered smartphones recently. The company recently announced that all the future Nokia-branded smartphones sold in India will be manufactured locally.
HMD Global has also announced an exclusive partnership with ZEISS to use its camera expertise on upcoming Nokia smartphones. HMD Global aims to rekindle the old partnership between Nokia and ZEISS. The partnership will see both companies working closely together on co-developing better imaging experience on upcoming Nokia smartphones. Which means, we can expect better camera technology in upcoming Nokia smartphones.