Nokia CTO takes "leave of absence"

Nokia’s chief technology officer has decided to take a leave of absence and will be temporarily replaced by the head of the company’s research center.

According to the New York Times, Richard Green has taken the leave of absence “to attend to a personal matter” though Paivyt Tallqvis, the company’s head of media relations said that there is currently “no specific timeline” for him to return to Nokia.

Despite this, the New York Times goes on to say that a Finnish based newspaper called Helsingin Sanomat has said that Richard Green is unlikely to return to the company due to various disagreements over strategy.

Green has been said to be increasingly unhappy with the direction the company was heading, especially with the decision to abandon work on devices based on Nokia’s own MeeGo smartphone operating system that the company had been creating alongside Intel.

Nokia has been hitting the news once again over the past week, with rumours hitting the internet of potential takeovers from both Microsoft and Samsung as the company tries its hardest to reverse a stunning downturn in fortune which has shares and sales of devices drop dramatically over the past few years.

Despite today’s news, shares of Nokia rose almost 2 percent at the close of business after trading at a 52-week low of $6.92 yesterday.

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