Unexpected drama at HMD Global, the company behind Nokia phones: CEO leaves, effective immediately


Long-time Nokia veteran Arto Nummela leaves the position as chief executive officer of HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia phones. The decision is effective immediately, and Nummela will be replaced by Florian Seiche, who currently serves as company President.

"Arto Nummela has played a key role in the creation of the HMD Global operation, building the team and launching our first products. On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Arto for his contribution and wish him well in his future endeavors," chairman Sam Chin said in an official statement.

The shake-up at HMD Global comes at a time when rumors about the first Nokia flagship under the new company intensify. We have seen leaked pictures of what is expected to be called the Nokia 8, a Snapdragon 835 phone with a Zeiss dual camera setup.

Arto Nummela has spoken a few times with the media in the past few months, charting an interesting future path for Nokia phones. Nummela has said that he does not want Nokia phones to engage in a specs and megapixels race, but instead wants them to focus on a valuable user experience and a clutter-free phone.

Update: We have reached out to HMD Global about the reasons for the move. We did not get any specifics, but here is the official statement they sent us:


Currently, the HMD Global's best phone is the Nokia 6, an affordable Android device with a recognizable device that just recently went on sale in the United States as an Amazon Prime exclusive. Its price is set at just $230, and you can even get it for $180 with Amazon's lockscreen offers.


source: HMD Global

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63 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wow... leaves with immediate effect. Wonder the reason behind it.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Huh, did he bang the office secretary in his office?

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Hopefully she was worth it ;) or He.....

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A blow at ol' Apple's Timmy, eh? I saw what you did there, mate...

17. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Or did he get ousted for "emBEZZLEment. *Badumtiss*

21. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

**badum-LAME**

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Got 'em!

24. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Oh look, it's you being bumburned again.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Oh look, it's you crying again because I laughed about someone speaking the facts about you. It's hilarious that I was spot on when I said that you would start trolling Nokia because of me like you do BlackBerry, and you've proven me right on this and the last few Nokia articles. So predictable and pathetic.

31. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not crying at all. You're just mad because I called you out for trying to pick a fight. Oh will you get over yourself. Several people have poked fun at the bezels, yet you continue to attack me just because I'm the one who said it. You're just trying to deflect and pick a fight.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you didn't call out anything, and stop playing the victim role. You're crying because I laughed and agreed with him for speaking the truth, all while he was being so funny about it. Get over yourself. You already admitted to bashing BB10 because of me in your main mxyzptlk account. Ned me to provide that link for you? Now you're big mad because I'm calling you out on your hypocrisy about bezels when you worship the bezel king iPhone. You're just trying to play the victim now because I called you out over the facts and your trolling.

36. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Only a child would find that funny, but then again you act just like a pouty child who never gets her way. I'm not crying at all. Just that you are picking a fight. Lol, you're fumbling with your words. Either I'm once again scaring the ish out of you or you forgot to sign into one of your gimmick accounts with the poor grammar and spelling. You are the one who brought the iphone up just to deflect from the truth at hand.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, stop crying little boy, and stop playing the victim. You pick fights with darkk and tedkord on almost every article they comment on, so miss me with that hypocritical BS. Lol, you're deflecting really hard from the facts I posted. You're clearly triggered by the truth that I said about you, because you can't dispute it. You'll soon run off with nothing to say because you can't dispute facts, much like I made you do when you deactivated your mxyzptlk account.

42. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You're a hypocrite. Plain and simple. You pick fights with me like you are doing right now, but cry whenever I even say one thing on blackberry articles. You should be used to no response just like you are when it comes to women. Oh wait, I forgot you're still trying to get darkkmites love. You have done nothing, yet I've constantly beaten you and even forced you to admit that the KeyONE has a flaw in its design.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, so you're going to stick to playing the victim now, even though you pick fights with me and people like darkk and tedkord on just about every article that they comment on? You're a pathetic hypocrite. Keep deflecting and crying over darkk kicking you to the curb and breaking your heart, all while exposing the fact that you've never been with a woman before because you prefer men. And cut the BS. I made you deactivate your mxyzptlk and tony_stark accounts because I constantly bludgeon you into submission, just like I do with you in your Flash account. You're a pathetic, lying troll that only comments to start trouble and never offers anything of value to the conversation, and then you cry like a little btch when you get called out.

48. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm the victim of your unwarranted attacks just because I said something you didn't like. Funny thing is that you only heckle me just because of what I say regardless if I'm not the only one to say it. And then you deflect by trying to associate yourself with others who have nothing to do with this. You claim to have "shut me up" and yet here I am still. Newsflash, you haven't done ish and you never will, so stop deluding yourself. I forced you to admit that your favorite device has a serious flaw in its design, and it still bothers you lol.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, playing that victim card to the fullest are you? Especially when you unnecessarily attack people all of the time, like darkk and TedKord, as well you unnecessarily and incessantly trolling OS's and OEM's that you don't like. Funny that you're only trolling Nokia now because I speak favorably about them, just like you admittedly do to BlackBerry and BB10 because of me. Then you deflect from the facts that I say about your trolling and attacking people to further play up on being the victim. Lol, thanks for once again admitting that you're mxyzptlk and Tony_Stark. It's too easy to get you to fall for that trap. I forced you to deactivate those accounts, just like I forced you to now say the truth about you not owning a Nexus 6P, and you're seething with anger over it.

55. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You're the one who continues to attack, so I'm not going to deny that I'm a victim of your unwarranted attack. You're just mad because I won't give you the attention that you so desperately want. Get outside and get a woman. Maybe that will make you less bumburned, but I forgot you're a lapdog still chasing after darkkmite. And you are triggered just because I said something about the bezels. Get over it. I forced you to admit that your favorite device has a serious flaw in the design and you are triggered by it. I also forced you to admit that you have aliases along with making you so nervous that you sometimes forget which account you are using.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Blah, blah, blah. You're just repeating the same old "I'm the victim in all of this" BS, knowing full well that you attack people and troll incessantly in order to pick fights. You want my attention so bad that you follow me around from article to article in the hopes of getting it. Your boyfriend and vibrator iPhone must be boring you, so you come crying on articles that I comment on and then act like a hypocrite when you get called out for your BS. I forced you to deactivate your favorite mxyzptlk troll account, and then I made you deactivate your tony_stark troll account. You became so triggered over it that it was easy for me to get you to out yourself about really being mxyzptlk in your Flash account, and you stayed rattled enough to out yourself in your batmite account by forgetting to switch out of it when you respond to others. You're so triggered that I post the truth about your deity's shtty software that you are forced to deflect for them, and you're seething with anger over it.

23. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Like what she said about you?

54. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Nah, she was definitely talking about you. Nice try though :D

56. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not the one with a small problem.

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes you are, tiny.

63. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Exactly you have a BIG problem and you need to figure it out.

6. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Differences

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

This will surly affect sales

5. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I guess it is a personal issue with the CEO.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The same thing happend in Blackberry, immediately after the launch of Z10 and Q10, the first smartphones to come with Blackberry 10 OS: As per Wikipedia: BlackBerry's chief operating officer Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben fought against co-founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis to have the touchscreen Z10 prioritized over the Q10 which has a physical keyboard. Boublen was then responsible for and received "criticism for the marketing campaign that supported the Z10 launch, including a confusing Super Bowl advertisement which some board members hated". Both Tear and Boublen were ousted on November 25, 2013 by new CEO John S. Chen, whom weeks earlier had replaced Thorsten Heins." dé·jà vu, anyone...? Blackberry ended up like a bloody Titanic, lets pray for Nokia, fellows... G'Day!

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

BlackBerry isn't even in this article and yet you can't help but bring them up. I guess Trollers gonna Troll.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

By your logic, every company that has had someone leave after the launch of a handset is going down. Troll logic is ridiculous.

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