Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s mobile smartphone leader, resigns one day before Nokia World

Updated: January 07, 2011

Today Nokia’s Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and a member of Nokia Group Executive Board, abruptly resigned a mere 24 hours before Nokia World, the company’s major annual event. Many people in the mobile industry saw Vanjoki as the ‘Steve Jobs of Nokia.’ There is no indication that he left for a new job sign but the company’s press release is only 4 sentences long with no words of praise or lists of accomplishments. Only two months ago Vanjoki was given the duty of making Nokia a major smartphone player when he became the company’s Mobile Solutions leader. Rumors are running wild and some wonder if he was reaching for the CEO job and failed, perhaps resigning a day before the company’s biggest event all year is his form of revenge.

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