Nokia executive who drafted the partnership with Microsoft quits

Nokia executive who drafted the partnership with Microsoft quits
Steven Overman, Nokia’s Vice-President of Global Branding Strategy and Marketing Strategy has resigned. Mr. Overman co-wrote the landmark agreement that would partner Microsoft and Nokia. He also played a leading role in the launch of the Lumia series of Windows Phone devices. Nokia’s Asha line of affordable devices was also part of Overman’s sphere of influence.

The branding strategy encompassed everything from creation and planning to implementing the advertising and social networking initiatives.

There is no word on where Mr. Overman may be moving on to (assuming he has another job lined up), but a Nokia spokesman has reportedly shared that his departure was “amicable.” There has been no shortage of debate over Nokia’s decision to go with Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but there is little debate about the quality of the hardware that Nokia has been producing with the Lumia line.

Nokia’s worldwide smartphone shipments have markedly increased over the past two quarters, 4.4 million in the fourth quarter 2012 and 5.6 million in the first quarter of this year. However, sales in North America have dropped during that same period. With these mixed indicators, Nokia continues to face challenges.

source: BGR

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49 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Geuss hes tired of all the b.s. and the hardware not selling as well as he thought. Wish him best of luck

3. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Windows phones can't compete with android, they are way to far behind right now.

5. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That's right, well said and agree™ For the past 8 years they are trying and spending billions, but getting no where! What a pathetic platform and brand it is now™

25. bintheham

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Your name says it all.

27. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

38. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hey Sharukh Khan wannabe, please stop trolling! I know you used a Nokia phone before so STFU!

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

guess, he find job in mcdonald as cashier.

34. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Oh so you want him to supervise you...:). Seriously this guy destroyed Nokia. I mean Nokia's hardware is still competitive... but Windows phone is just horrendous...

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What do you mean? This guy helped Nokia. The Nokia’s Asha line of affordable devices was also part of Overman’s sphere of influence. Think about those poor peoples who can't afford a smartphone! Poor peoples buy the lovely Asha, medium and rich peoples buy Lumia!

44. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This guy should be publicly stoned.

12. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Nokia just posted their Q1 results, and Lumia sales grew 27 percent on the quarter. I know you people can't help acting like ignorant WP hating savages, but at least try and back up your lies with real numbers... Oh wait, you can't, because Lumia smartphones sales are rapidly growing! You doorknobs need a wake up call ;o)

20. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well it will only be Q1 that it grew to 27%, Q2 will be a big fall down south, cause S4 and Htc One launch will over-take all sales, leaving it in the dust. It's 2013 Q2, why the hell would users will wanting or will be buying this 2012 spec phone? The L928 won't be lifting sales, cause i remember Nokia made the Lumia Batman Dark rises series, and that was a ™FAIL™ what diffrence will this make......?

21. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Dude, you need to do a little more research and read things more carefully before you start calling people out as liars. Specifically, what are these lies you speak of? Yes they're up 27% in sales worldwide for Q1, but that's just for Lumina devices. They have lots of other devices that aren't selling, and Lumina is not floating their boat. The operating loss they posted isn't nearly as bad as it's been in the past so perhaps that can be looked at as good news, but it's still a loss. And North American sales have indeed declined down to 400k from 700k the previous quarter. So again, what are these lies you speak of?

49. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Nokia only lost about 180 million US this past quarter. How is that so terrible? They have more than five billion in the bank, and Lumia device sales are exploding...

45. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Where I'm at, for every two WP Nokia's sold, one gets returned. 50/50 take-rate in this industry is horrid. That's a fact, those are your statistics. Nokia should've stuck with MeeGo. Microsoft has a horses**t track record with mobile, and it will continue. My 710 not getting the update proved it for the umpteenth time. I love Nokia, but I'll never run another one as long as it has a Microsoft OS on it.

2. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Nokia please make a lumia with snapdragon 800 phone running android 4.2 now that he is gone :D

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

dream phone for all

19. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Please leave that Lumia out, and call or make it an Nseries device with S800 Cpu™

22. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

untill unless Nokia doesn't kick elop out of the company there will be no android devices from nokia and no magical success for nokia...they are bound now to take the hard way

6. FlushGordon unregistered

THE blunder of the century....

8. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Spy spotted?

14. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Troll is a paid WP8 basher, who isn't worth the money. He has no credibility...

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

WOWWW a Nokia/Microsoft article... Android users attack!!!

24. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Windows Phone is doing a hell of a lot better than other OSes, that's for sure. Nokia has been smart and has created brand recognition due to being THE OEM to have when it comes to owning a Windows Phone. Nokia has been creating great hardware and amazing exclusive apps for their Lumia (and other) Windows Phones. Samsung is dominating Android and HTC is struggling to make profit with both Android and WP. Nokia would be shafted if they made an Android device, let's be real.

30. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

"Nokia would be shafted if they made an Android device" WHY??? Let's be real! Even with that limited OS that is WP8 they have sold millions of devices, just imagine how the situation would have been with Android with all its possibilities and features.

33. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Look at the Nokia N9™

37. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Voice command calling on my Lumia 920 is twice as fast as any off my Android based alternatives. Fact. This guy leaving Nokia just means new talent is in the wings and things are only going to improve!

40. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I'd be curious to know which are your android based alternatives, because the 920 is the best of wp phones, so you should compare it to the best android phones, like Nexus 4, GS3 and so on. Are you doing this? Or are you doing like 99% of people who say that android lags because they compare a $700 iphone to a $199 android forgetting the difference in price?

41. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

GS3 (VZ) and HTC One (ATT). Do I get some credibility now?

42. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

If u compare $150 wp8 phone(lumia 520) it will still be smoother than GS3

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