Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, has appointed a new chief of technology just weeks ahead it is expected to launch new smartphones. Nokia has appointed Finnish Henry Tirri as Chief Technology Officer and a member of Nokia Leadership Team. He will be based in Sunnyvale, California and reports directly to President and CEO Stephen Elop.
According to Financial Times, Nokia is expected to unveil its smartphone that will use the Windows operating system rather than the company’s own system ahead of the key Christmas trading period. It could take more than 18 months before the full range of Nokia Microsoft phones are available, the paper says.
Previously, Tirri was Head of Nokia Research Centre (NRC), Nokia's forward looking research facility. He joined Nokia in 2004 as a Research Fellow before leading NRC Systems Research laboratory in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
- During his time at Nokia, Henry has provided Nokia technical leadership and challenged us to explore forward-looking technologies. In his new role, Henry will have the opportunity to make a greater impact and set the course for Nokia and our role in the mobile industry, said Stephen Elop.
As Chief Technology Officer, Tirri assumes responsibility for the CTO organization, charged with setting Nokia's technology agenda both now and in the future, and driving core innovation to enable business development opportunities.