Ashish Chowdhary To Quit Nokia, May Join Apple India

Nokia today confirmed that its CCOO or chief customer operations officer Ashish Chowdhary would leave the company at the end of 2018. This also adds to the speculation that he may join Apple as its India head.

The company said Chowdhary  will continue to lead Customer Operations and remain a member of the Nokia Group Leadership Team until the end of 2018. He will then leave Nokia to take a leadership position in another company.

“Everyone has a time in their career when they want to try something new and, after 15 successful years at Nokia, Ashish has reached that moment,” said Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri. “The decision to leave Nokia was his alone, but he goes with my full support. Ashish has been a close friend, confidant and business partner for many years. He is a person with deep integrity, far-reaching insight, strong leadership skills and a work ethic like few others. I am pleased that he will be joining one of the world’s great companies in a prominent role, and I wish him every success.”

There are speculations in the Indian telecom industry that Ashish Chowdhary, a veteran in the telecom domain and an old hand in India, may join the leadership team of Apple and may join as head of Apple India. The position has been vacant for quite some time now.

Besides the departure Ashish Chowdhary, Nokia also announced some major changes in its global leadership as well as in its business structure.

The company announced plans to realign its primary customer-facing organization into two regional groups: one covering the Americas and the other responsible for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

“As we enter the 5G era, extreme customer focus is a must,” said Nokia President and Chief Executive Officer, Rajeev Suri. “The changes we are announcing today will ensure that we continue to have the senior management capacity necessary for superb customer relationships in a world of increasing speed and complexity. I am extremely pleased that we have two very strong leaders, Ricky Corker and Federico Guillén, to lead these new groups.”

Ricky Corker is appointed President of Customer Operations, Americas. Corker is currently Executive Vice President and President North America. Prior to this he was Head of the Asia Pacific Region and held senior roles in Europe and Australia. Corker will report to Suri and, effective January 1, 2019, will join the Nokia Group Leadership Team.

Federico Guillén is appointed President of Customer Operations, EMEA & Asia. Guillén is currently President, Fixed Networks, where he has delivered consistently strong financial performance while also investing in future-oriented opportunities such as the cable market. Prior to this he was President of Alcatel-Lucent Spain and head of the Telefónica account team. His extensive international experience includes leadership roles across Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa and India. He also sits on the board of Nokia Shanghai Bell. Guillén will continue to report to Suri and remain a member of the Nokia Group Leadership Team.

A new leader for Fixed Networks will be announced in due course, Nokia said in a statement.

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