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Nokia's Chief Technology Officer Leaves the Company

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Nokia's Chief Technology Officer, Richard Green who has been on indefinite leave from the company since June is leaving the company with immediate effect.

Although Nokia said his absense was for personal reasons, there were strong hints that he was dissatisfied with the company's switch from Symbian to Microsoft for their smartphone OS.

Nokia announced today that Henry Tirri, currently Head of Nokia Research Centre (NRC) will replace him and has been appointed executive vice president, CTO and a member of the Nokia Leadership Team. He reports directly to President and CEO Stephen Elop.

Tirri joined Nokia in 2004 as a Research Fellow before leading NRC Systems Research laboratory in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Tirri will be based in Sunnyvale, California.

"During his time at Nokia, Henry has provided Nokia technical leadership and challenged us to explore forward-looking technologies. In his new role, Henry will have the opportunity to make a greater impact and set the course for Nokia and our role in the mobile industry," said Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop. "The company would also like to thank Rich Green for the key role he played in assisting Nokia through a major transition. We wish him all the best success in his future ventures."

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