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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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 created alongside Intel.

How long before our old friend Flawed uses this as more anti-MS/anti-WP7 bait?

PlogCF said,
How long before our old friend Flawed uses this as more anti-MS/anti-WP7 bait?

I'd say that the quote explains it pretty clearly, and requires no further explanation. Green was one of the driving forces behind Maemo (prior to it becoming Meego), and to see it dumped for Windows Phone is going to leave a hell of a bitter taste in one's mouth.

I can imagine that I'd be pretty ****ed too if years of my time had been occupied with creating a great product, with full support from the company, only for the new CEO (an ex Microsoft director no less) to come along and "shockingly" announce that all your work has been for [almost] nothing, and that the company will be using Windows Phone instead.

It's no secret that the WP7 move has upset a great number of Nokia employees, who feel that the company has lost a lot of its identity because it's now simply just another hardware manufacturer. That's not a personal commentary, I've got no inclination on WP7 either way.

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