P Balaji, head of Nokia India has put in his papers less than a month after Microsoft took over the Finnish company’s mobile phone division. BGR India reached out to Nokia and a company spokesperson revealed that Balaji has “decided to move on from the organization for personal reasons.” Balaji put in his papers over the weekend, but will continue to work for the company till the end of October.
Balaji joined Nokia as Vice President and Managing Director back in July 2012. Prior to joining Nokia India, Balaji was heading Sony Ericsson’s India operations. Balaji is credited with having played an important role in trying to settle Nokia’s tax dispute as well as “driving momentum behind Lumia, and building the X family of phones.”
While the company is looking for candidates, current Head of Sales Operations Ajey Mehta will take over as the India head. Balaji, on the other hand, will continue as an advisor to the company and Mehta till the end of October.
You can read Nokia’s statement regarding P Balaji’s resignation below.
After spending almost two years with Nokia and now in Microsoft Devices Group, P. Balaji has decided to move on from the organization for personal reasons.
Balaji joined us in October 2012 as Managing Director, India Area, and has led the team through one of our most competitive periods. Being focused on his team and collaboration, he has been instrumental in helping driving momentum behind Lumia, building the X family of phones as well as strengthening our Retail execution in the country. We are thankful to him for his contribution.
While we look for potential candidates for the position, Ajey Mehta, the current Head of Sales Operations- India Middle East and Africa, will be the acting Area Head for India. Ajey will continue in his current role at the same time. He is a veteran in the company, having joined Nokia 10 years ago. He has held several key roles in this period including heading Retail in Singapore, a stint in the global Retail team and leading Sales Ops for the erstwhile SEAP region.
Balaji will continue to be an Advisor to MDG and Ajey in the transition. He will be with us till Oct 2014.