Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nokia director of technology at the outset

The director of the technology department of world number one mobile phone, the Nokia of Finland, is about to start, amid disagreements over the group's strategy, according to the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday. "Two independent sources estimate that Mr. Green will miss the remainder of the year and he should not resume his duties within Nokia," said the newspaper.

Nokia has confirmed that Richard Green had taken a leave for personal reasons and declined to disclose the date of his return and give further details. A spokesman said Henry Tirri, head of Nokia Research Center, has been acting as chief technology officer. According to sources in the Helsingin Sanomat, Mr.

Green would disagree with the decision of Nokia to discontinue development of its operating system Meego, a platform designed in collaboration with Intel. This system was initially replace Symbian, the operating system of the Finnish house. PARTNERSHIP WITH MICROSOFT In February, Nokia's executive director, Stephen Elop, announced a radical change for the group with the withdrawal of Symbian program for the Microsoft Phone and relegation to the background of the project Meego.

Richard Green had taken the post of Director of Technology Department in February, as part of the reorganization of Nokia decided by Elop. The choice of Microsoft as a partner for Nokia aims to stem the hemorrhage suffered by the Finnish group in the segment of smartphones, facing competition from Apple and phones running the Android, from Google.

Nokia remains the world's largest manufacturer of mobile handsets in volume. In late May, the Finnish group has renounced to attain the objectives it had set a few weeks ago, raising questions about the ability of his new boss to orchestrate the recovery promised in February.

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