Nokia finally named a new leader for its Fixed Networks Business Group but has yet to name a leader for its newly established Access Networks Division that oversees its Fixed and Mobile Networks Groups.
The vendor tapped company veteran Sandra Motley as president of the Fixed Networks Business organization. Motley, who had been COO of that group, assumed the new title Jan. 1 and will report directly to Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri.
Motley takes over for Federico Guillén, who Nokia had previously announced would become president of Customer Operations for Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA), and Asia.
The move is the latest by the vendor in a corporate restructuring announced in November. The restructuring included the formation of the Access Networks organization to oversee Nokia’s Mobile Networks and Fixed Networks Business Groups.
Nokia previously named company veteran Tommi Uitto as head of the Mobile Networks group where he replaced Marc Rouanne. Uitto has been at Nokia for 23 years with his most recent role as leading product sales for the Mobile Networks group.
Suri at that time said the move will improve the company’s “customer focus, simplify our management structure, and more efficiently leverage our full portfolio.”
However, Nokia has yet to name a leader of the overarching Access Networks group. A company spokeswoman said that a “leader will be named in due course.”
The formation of the Access Networks group followed Nokia’s move to break up its Customer Operations business into two geographic regions headed by new leadership. Guillén is heading up one of those groups, with Ricky Corker named to lead Nokia’s Customer Operations for the Americas region. Corker previously served as the vendor’s executive vice president and president for North America.
Suri linked those moves to the telecom industry’s push into 5G services.
“As we enter the 5G era, extreme customer focus is a must,” Suri said in a statement. “The changes we are announcing … will ensure that we continue to have the senior management capacity necessary for superb customer relationships in a world of increasing speed and complexity.”
During Nokia’s third quarter earnings call, executives told investors that while it has achieved early success in 5G by securing a number of operator deals, the company will still need to significantly reduce its operating expenses. Nokia plans to do this by adding more automation to its systems, simplifying some of its processes, and significantly reducing its support functions. It also will prioritize its research and development so it stops investing in legacy products.