The position of chief technology officer at Nokia has been a particularly weak spot for the company - former CTO Richard Green left in a scandalously quiet manner by just taking a leave of absence for personal resons to never return. Nokia didn’t comment on this for a while, but meanwhile Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat dug up that disagreements between Green and current CEO Stephen Elop were the reason for Green’s resignation. Of course, that was never officially confirmed, so we'd take it with a pinch of salt.
Green had only been at Nokia for a year, while prior to that he worked at Sun and was often seen as the public face for Java. The Microsoft deal however left the engineer with much less to do - a huge chunk of Nokia’s software potential was abandoned as partnering with Microsoft meant bypassing Nokia’s software team.
Meanwhile, for a couple of months, Henry Tirri served as chief technical officer and now it’s finally official - Tirri has landed the vacant position. Tirri joined Nokia in 2004 and previously headed its research center. Known as an academic with more than 160 published papers, he definitely brings creativity to the position.
Quite interestingly, he won’t be based in Helsinki, Finland, but will run the company’s technical operations from Sunnyvale, CA. While Nokia has its roots in Finland, appointing Elop and everything that followed moved the company more and more towards the States with the Finnish connection growing weaker.
Recently, Nokia disappeared from the European top 50 companies blue chip index Stoxx after losing over 40% of its value within a year. At Espoo, it seems that all hopes lie on the upcoming Windows Phone Mango, but will it become the needed savior? Have your say in the comments below.