Nokia Solutions and Networks' Executive Chairman to depart after Microsoft deal

Nokia is already making a big management change ahead of the plan to sell its Devices and Services division to Microsoft. Today, the Finland company announced that Jesper Ovesen, the Executive Chairman of Nokia Solutions and Networks, will depart that position after the closing of the Microsoft deal, which is expected in the first quarter of 2014.

The press release says that Ovesen will continue to serve NSN in an advisory role for an undisclosed period of time after the agreement with Microsoft concludes. Ovesen joined NSN in 2011, back when the networking equipment division was known as Nokia Siemens Networks, in a joint venture with the Germany-based company. Nokia bought out Siemens' stake in August for $2.2 billion. Nokia later announced that Microsoft had already paid it a total of $2 billion ahead of the Devices and Services closing, in part so that the company could help finance the buyout of Siemens' NSN portion.

This will likely be the first of many management announcements from Nokia, with most to be made after the Microsoft-Devices and Services transaction is completed. Besides NSN, Nokia will also keep its HERE mapping and location section and its Advanced Technology business, which will give the company a total of 56,000 employees.

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yes. smartphones will be Microsoft branded. I think only the dumbphones can continue to have the nokia brand for a certain amount of time after the deal closes.

vcfan said,
yes. smartphones will be Microsoft branded. I think only the dumbphones can continue to have the nokia brand for a certain amount of time after the deal closes.

that's awesome, we will have better support, more compatibility and great experience with a branded Microsoft phone. My Nokia Lumia 1520 probably will be supported directly by Microsoft.

vcfan said,
yes. smartphones will be Microsoft branded. I think only the dumbphones can continue to have the nokia brand for a certain amount of time after the deal closes.

I don't think this is good. Nokia is an already established brand in the mobile world and, even jf not strong as apple, can attract customers just by itself. On the other hand Microsoft brand is not, and it will take a lot of time to affirm and get known by average users.

Heartripper said,

I don't think this is good. Nokia is an already established brand in the mobile world and, even jf not strong as apple, can attract customers just by itself. On the other hand Microsoft brand is not, and it will take a lot of time to affirm and get known by average users.

Nokia's brandname is not very strong in the modern smartphone category, hence the sale of the division. In the legacy types of devices Nokia branding will continue.

NSN makes the hardware you connect to with your Mobile phone. They also already make routers and switches and quite good ones too. These do come at a serious price though and are not for consumer use.