Nokia promotes Erlemeier to COO after Maurer quits

James Pearce
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Monika Maurer, who joined Nokia during the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, has quit as group COO after just 8 months in the role

Nokia has announced a new chief operating officer after Monika Maurer quit the Finnish vendor after just eight months in the role.

Joerg Erlemeier, who was most recently SVP of Nokia Transformation, has been named COO effective immediately after Maurer revealed she will seek opportunities outside of the company.

Maurer joined Nokia following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, where she was COO of fixed networks business line, a job title she maintained for over a year following the takeover. She then became group COO in April.

Nokia said Maurer, who took on the role following a small restructure when former ead of mobile networks Samih Elhage left, will work alongside Erlemeier as part of a transition period before leaving the firm.

The promotion means Erlemeier will join Nokia’s group leadership team, where he will report directly to Nokia president and chief executive officer Rajeev Suri.

He has over 20 years of experience in various leadership positions in Nokia, including heading the Middle East and Africa region; leading Services in Asia-Pacific and Japan and North America; and serving as COO of the Mobile Networks business group.

"I want to thank Monika for her contributions to Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent before that. I warmly welcome Joerg to the GLT, and look forward to working together to further strengthen our disciplined operating model," said Rajeev Suri.

It come at a difficult time for Nokia and for the wider network equipment vendor pace in general, where sales of older equipment are declining but new technologies, such as 5G, are no expected to be widely deployed until 2020 at the earliest.

Nokia recently moved to deny reports it is developing plans to gobble up another rival – this time Juniper Networks – in a $16 billion deal. With sales down 10% in 2016, and falling a further 4% during the first three quarters of 2017, market conditions have not favoured Nokia, while Juniper has seen revenues and profits grow. Sales at the US-based vendor grew from $3.6 billion in the first three quarters of 2016 to $3.8 billion across the same period in 2017.