Nokia Technologies president quits

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Ramzi Haidamus leaves Nokia’s patent licensing business ‘to explore new opportunities’

The president of Nokia Technologies, San Francisco-based Ramzi Haidamus, is leaving the company today, though he will remain with Nokia until the end of September “to ensure a smooth transition”.

Nokia has not appointed an immediate replacement, but Brad Rodrigues, head of strategy and business development at the unit, will be acting president.

Haidamus will “leave to pursue new opportunities”, said Nokia in a statement. He had been with Nokia only since September 2014, before the company completed its takeover of Alcatel-Lucent, after 12 years at Dolby Laboratories, mainly specialising in intellectual property.

Nokia CEO said that under Haidamus’s leadership, the company had “grown our patent licensing business, reached an agreement with HMD Global to bring the Nokia brand back to mobile devices, and made excellent progress in digital media with the launch of the OZO virtual reality camera and in digital health with the acquisition of Withings.”

Haidamus did not say where he was going, but said: “Now is the right time for me to explore new opportunities to pursue my passion for building and transforming businesses.” He said: “What was originally a collection of interesting assets is now a focused, growing and profitable business with a strong leadership team.”