Nokia Announces New Team Post Alcatel-Lucent Takeover

by CXOtoday News Desk    Oct 07, 2015


Telecom network vendor Nokia today announced its new leadership team and key focus areas post Alcatel-Lucent acquisition. Following the completion of the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, Nokia expects to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world, it said in a statement.

“We are making very good progress on being ready to operate as a combined company when the proposed exchange offer closes,” said Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia. “After a thorough selection process, I am pleased to announce the company’s future organizational structure and exceptional leaders who will help chart the next steps in Nokia’s transformation.” 

After the closing of the exchange offer, the Networks business would be conducted through four business groups: Mobile Networks, Fixed Networks, Applications & Analytics and IP/Optical Networks. These business groups would provide an end-to-end portfolio of products, software and services to enable the combined company to deliver the next generation of leading networks solutions and services to customers. Alongside these, Nokia Technologies would continue to operate as a separate business group.Each business group would have strategic, operational and financial responsibility for its portfolio and would be fully accountable for meeting its targets. 

The four Networks business groups would have a common Integration and Transformation Office to drive synergies and to lead integration activities. The business group leaders would report directly to Nokia’s President and CEO. The designated President of Mobile Networks would be Samih Elhage, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Nokia Networks. President of Fixed Networks would be Federico Guillén, who currently serves as President of Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

Nokia also announced that Bhaskar Gorti, President of Applications & Analytics would be Bhaskar Gorti, who currently serves as President of IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent. IP/Optical Networks (ION) President of IP/Optical Networks would be Basil Alwan, who currently serves as President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent. Ramzi Haidamus would continue in his current role as President of Nokia Technologies.

Nokia expects to align its financial reporting under two key areas: Nokia Technologies and the Networks business. The Networks business would comprise the business groups of Mobile Networks, Fixed Networks, Applications & Analytics and IP/Optical Networks. Nokia also expects to provide selective financial data separately for each of the four Networks business groups to ensure transparency for investors over the performance of each of them. Nokia expects to announce further details of the new financial reporting structure after the closing of the exchange offer.

“Our goal is to position each business group for clear leadership in its particular market and to create a combined portfolio that provides the scope and scale our customers expect, underpinned by a strong focus on innovation, quality and superb execution,” explained Suri. “We aim for all our business groups to be innovation leaders, drawing on the combined company’s unparalleled R&D capabilities to deliver leading products and services for our customers, and ultimately ensure the company’s long-term value creation.”

The combined company is expected to have a common sales organization across the business groups, except for Nokia Technologies. In addition, effective after the closing of the exchange offer, there would be six additional unit leaders within the combined company, who would report directly to the President and CEO. Timo Ihamuotila, currently Executive Vice President and Group Chief Financial Officer, Nokia, would serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He would be responsible for all finance activities and would oversee effective and systematic performance management, external and internal reporting, and capital allocation processes. In addition, he would be responsible for investor relations, the execution of mergers & acquisitions and treasury.

Ashish Chowdhary, currently Chief Business Officer, Nokia Networks, would serve as Chief Customer Operations Officer (CCOO). Marc Rouanne, currently Executive Vice President, Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks, would serve as Chief Innovation & Operating Officer (CIOO). Hans-Jürgen Bill, currently Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Nokia, would serve asChief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). He would be responsible for leadership and talent development, recruitment and all human resources guidelines, as well as compensation and benefits policies for the company. Human Resources would play a crucial role in developing a diverse, international environment and entrepreneurial spirit within the combined company. 

The company also mentioned that Kathrin Buvac, currently Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Nokia Networks, would serve asChief Strategy Officer (CSO) looking after IoT as well. Barry French, currently Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nokia, would serve as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and would oversee the Marketing & Corporate Affairs unit. Nokia also promotes Maria Varsellona, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Nokia, would serve as Chief Legal Officer (CLO). 

The proposed changes would only be implemented after the successful closing of the public exchange offer* and be subject to the completion of the relevant works council consultation procedures. In a release early this week, Alcatel-Lucent will continue to operate its undersea cables business, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Nokia expects to operate ASN as a separate entity. 

As previously announced, Nokia has agreed to sell HERE, its mapping and location services business, to a consortium of leading German automotive companies. HERE will continue to operate as a business of Nokia until the sale is completed, but is not included in the planned future organizational structure of Nokia. The sale of HERE is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, and Nokia plans to report HERE as a discontinued operation from the third quarter of 2015 onwards, said the company.