Nokia hunting for a new CEO?

Nokia is reportedly undertaking a search for a new CEO to lead the company, amid mounting criticism that the company is struggling to keep up in the smartphone race.

Nokia -- once the powerhouse of mobile phone development -- is struggling to keep up with the pace and innovation of the high-end smartphone world, with competitors including Apple and Google rapidly stealing market share from the mobile giant. The company does maintain a 40% market share worldwide, but stock prices are falling, and investor confidence waning, as the company attempts to find a foothold that will propel them into the smartphone game.

Officials from Nokia won't comment on the report, but the Wall Street Journal today cites "people familiar with the matter" as saying that the Nokia board is looking for a new executive to run the company, and takeover from current CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo who has held the position since 2006.

According to the Wall Street Journal, potential US candidates -- including an executive from a "major U.S. high-tech company" who decided to pull out because he didn't want to live in Finland -- have been flown to Finland for interviews, although at this stage a decision has not been made.

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Their design team is just not with it now days. They're phones look ****, and their Symbion looks **** too.

Nashy said,
Their design team is just not with it now days. They're phones look ****, and their Symbion looks **** too.

That's just your opinion. The N900 is a very nice looking phone in my opinion, and Symbian (with an "a") isn't designed to compete on the Smartphone stage anymore, it's a mid-low end market OS for non-smartphones. They have Maemo/MeeGo to compete with Android an iOS, and that too is a nice operating system of what I've seen of it.

Well at this very moment they are still very much tied to Symbian across the board. That will, as you pointed out, change soon, but Maemo/MeeGo are fairly unproven systems currently. Sure they'll be alright but it could take time for them to gain traction.

As it is I think Nokia has to work out how it plans to streamline its ecosystem. They have already made the bold decision to segment their customer base between Symbian and MeeGo users which will surely have some impact when it comes to App development, something that Nokia is struggling with atm what with it's attempts to get Ovi Store up and running with any level of consumer excitement.

That and Nokia to me always seem too keen to experiment be it in shipping multiple PC suites at the same time (Nokia PC Suite and the N-Series Suite were both available for my N95) to generally having a very large catalogue of phones that do a number of things well but no single handset that covers everyone particularly well. Maybe it's not the solution, but I'd like to see Nokia release few hansets but try and make them really important releases that stand out from one another. They can do more than one but perhaps a single QWERTY, single Candy Bar and single touch screen device at any one time would be better.

Ohh and lastly...they need to do a better job with OS updates. iPhone, Android ect you get new features at a fairly regular basis. Nokia you get a few bug fixes and not a lot more. It's probably a side effect of supporting so many handsets and another reason why they should streamline their catalog.

Majesticmerc said,

That's just your opinion. The N900 is a very nice looking phone in my opinion, and Symbian (with an "a") isn't designed to compete on the Smartphone stage anymore, it's a mid-low end market OS for non-smartphones. They have Maemo/MeeGo to compete with Android an iOS, and that too is a nice operating system of what I've seen of it.

they have s40 for non smart phones.

Smigit said,
Well at this very moment they are still very much tied to Symbian across the board. That will, as you pointed out, change soon, but Maemo/MeeGo are fairly unproven systems currently. Sure they'll be alright but it could take time for them to gain traction.

Meego will be great for convergence between high end/tablet and notebooks.

Smigit said,

As it is I think Nokia has to work out how it plans to streamline its ecosystem. They have already made the bold decision to segment their customer base between Symbian and MeeGo users which will surely have some impact when it comes to App development, something that Nokia is struggling with atm what with it's attempts to get Ovi Store up and running with any level of consumer excitement.

Ovi store was /is an accident - it needs to be redesigned.
Smigit said,

That and Nokia to me always seem too keen to experiment be it in shipping multiple PC suites at the same time (Nokia PC Suite and the N-Series Suite were both available for my N95) to generally having a very large catalogue of phones that do a number of things well but no single handset that covers everyone particularly well.

They have sorted that mess out (multiple pc suites ) now and stuck with ovi suite which pretty good.
Smigit said,

Maybe it's not the solution, but I'd like to see Nokia release few hansets but try and make them really important releases that stand out from one another. They can do more than one but perhaps a single QWERTY, single Candy Bar and single touch screen device at any one time would be better.

going the iphone route as in one handset, isn't the way to go. But they must make sure they don't nobbile one phone and then make the other better (thinking ram/rom here)

Smigit said,

Ohh and lastly...they need to do a better job with OS updates. iPhone, Android ect you get new features at a fairly regular basis. Nokia you get a few bug fixes and not a lot more. It's probably a side effect of supporting so many handsets and another reason why they should streamline their catalog.

Network customisations must be independent of os updates, the pandering to the networks has caused many users not getting the latest updates. Its something that nokia must look at, and which will reduce handset returns because of firmware issues.

Majesticmerc said,

That's just your opinion. The N900 is a very nice looking phone in my opinion, and Symbian (with an "a") isn't designed to compete on the Smartphone stage anymore, it's a mid-low end market OS for non-smartphones. They have Maemo/MeeGo to compete with Android an iOS, and that too is a nice operating system of what I've seen of it.

Having used the N900 a lot, no it isn't a good phone. It looks decent, though somewhat generic and plasticy. However the Maemo software running it is poorly designed, the touchscreen is rubbish. The thing even comes with a stylus because it's tricky to use with just your fingers. It is the same kind of half-baked crap Nokia keeps churning out over and over again.

Their phone catalogue is very confusing because there are lots of models that have either identical or similar model numbers to phones made 5 years ago. They had good phones when phones didn't have to do anything but calls, messages, maybe a calendar but they are severely behind the competition when it comes to actual smartphones in hardware design, software and usability.

Bring out an Android phone
Sell more phones in North America
If all else fails, just stick the silhouette of a random fruit on the back of each device.

Don't worry about the job - I'll just take the golden handshake.

I will give it a shot

Tbh I can see nokia getting bought out soon, they need to beat HTC and get a really good android phone out. Fast.

Nicholas-c said,
I will give it a shot

Tbh I can see nokia getting bought out soon, they need to beat HTC and get a really good android phone out. Fast.


That and Symbian is S.h.o.c.k.i.n.g

Nicholas-c said,
I will give it a shot

Tbh I can see nokia getting bought out soon, they need to beat HTC and get a really good android phone out. Fast.


tbh clueless ?

Nicholas-c said,
I will give it a shot

Tbh I can see nokia getting bought out soon, they need to beat HTC and get a really good android phone out. Fast.

wow...you really don't know anything about Nokia, right? They may be having a hard time in the US against Apple and Android phones, but they are by far the biggest telecom company out there (they have 40% of the global smartphone market, they have the highest number of telecom IPs in the world, the have a huge network division - Nokia-Siemens - and just bought Motorola Network division, so they can expand their client base in the US).

sviola said,

wow...you really don't know anything about Nokia, right? They may be having a hard time in the US against Apple and Android phones, but they are by far the biggest telecom company out there (they have 40% of the global smartphone market, they have the highest number of telecom IPs in the world, the have a huge network division - Nokia-Siemens - and just bought Motorola Network division, so they can expand their client base in the US).

Yeah, they have 40% of the market because of the sheer amount they have sold over the past god knows many years, Over the past 2-3 years their sales have been nothing compared to android based phones and the iPhone.

Nicholas-c said,
I will give it a shot

Tbh I can see nokia getting bought out soon, they need to beat HTC and get a really good android phone out. Fast.

Nokia doesn't need Android. stop thinking it does.

Nicholas-c said,

Yeah, they have 40% of the market because of the sheer amount they have sold over the past god knows many years, Over the past 2-3 years their sales have been nothing compared to android based phones and the iPhone.

Gartner published comparative results for the mobile industry back in May for Q1 2010 and that stated that over a quarter of a MILLION Symbian powered devices are sold every day, Nokia who make the majority of Symbian devices represent some 110 million units in that big Symbian pie.

http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1372013

Nokia do have issues especially in America but the company isn't by any means doomed.