With its Nokia 8 flagship launch looming, HMD Global's CEO has left the company

Earlier this week, HMD Global unveiled two more Nokia handsets, and is preparing to launch its Android flagship, the Nokia 8, which was revealed in a leaked image on the same day. But with its new range-topper expected to arrive soon, HMD has unexpectedly announced the departure of its chief executive officer.

"HMD Global today announced that through mutual agreement between Chief Executive Officer Arto Nummela and the HMD Global Board of Directors, Arto Nummela will leave HMD with immediate effect," the company said in a press release. HMD did not offer any explanation for Nummela's sudden departure.

Florian Seiche, the company's President - whom HMD described as having "been co-leading" the firm since it was founded - will take over as acting CEO, in addition to his existing responsibilities as President.

HMD has launched three Nokia-branded Android phones - the 3, 5, and 6 - in recent months, along with the nostalgia-fuelled Nokia 3310, a modern interpretation of the much-loved classic phone of the same name. Nummela said last year that HMD's range of Nokia smartphones phones were "going to be extremely competitive in terms of the specifications and price, but we're not going to be highlighting the megapixels or gigahertz." It's unclear if his departure will lead to a change in the company's strategy.

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