Nokia has promoted supply chain vice president Juha Putkiranta to its leadership team as executive vice president of operations, as part of a wide ranging programme of changes aimed at strengthening its competitive position and improving profitability.
Chief executive Stephen Elop said: “Juha has demonstrated exceptionally strong leadership in leading our supply chain operations. His breadth of experience at Nokia will help with our focus.”
The move is part of a series of senior management changes at the mobile phone company which also sees Niklas Savander, executive vice president of markets, leave the business.
Most recently, Savander led Nokia’s sales, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing operations and information technology teams. He has served as a member of the Nokia leadership team since 2006. Savander also will step down from the Nokia Siemens Network Board of Directors.
Nokia has seen its market share eroded by competition from Apple’s iPhone and the growing range of Android-based smart phones.
It wants to cut operating expenses by some 3 billion euros by the end of 2013 and has set out plans to reduce its workforce by 10,000 over the next 18 months.
“We are increasing our focus on the products and services that our consumers value most while continuing to invest in the innovation that has always defined Nokia,” said Elop.
“We intend to pursue an even more focused effort on Lumia, continued innovation around our feature phones, while placing increased emphasis on our location-based services. However, we must re-shape our operating model and ensure that we create a structure that can support our competitive ambitions.”