Nokia announced some massive job cuts today but the mobile phone company also revealed that it was making some changes in terms of its executive team as well. In a separate press release today, Nokia announced that Chris Weber, who until now was the head of Nokia's North American division, will now be the company's new executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Like current Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Weber once worked at Microsoft. Weber started working at Nokia in February 2011. Under his leadership of the Americas division, Nokia had a successful launch of the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 710 smartphones. Elop apparently thinks that Weber can repeat that success across all of Nokia. In a statement, Elop said, "Chris has made tremendous strides in kick starting our re-entry into the US and his track record of driving results will serve Nokia well."
In addition to Weber's promotion, Nokia announced today that Timo Toikkanen will be the company's new executive vice president of Mobile Phones. Also, Tuula Rytila is the new senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Nokia and Susan Sheehan is the new senior vice president of communication for the company.
Of course, in order for all these executive changes to be made, some people at Nokia need to go. In this case, it's Jerri DeVard, now the former executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Mary McDowell, the former executive vice president of Mobile Phones; and Niklas Savander, the former executive vice president of Markets.