Nokia's interim CTO gets permanent status

Nokia confirmed Henry Tirri in the role of CTO and said his predecessor Rich Green has now left to pursue other projects

Nokia's acting Chief Technology Officer Henry Tirri is to stay on in the role, after his predecessor Rich Green left the company on Thursday following three months leave to deal with a "personal matter."

Tirri was named acting CTO on June 9, and confirmed in the role Thursday. He will be responsible for setting Nokia's technology agenda and will be based in Sunnyvale, California, the company said.

Before becoming CTO, Tirri was head of Nokia Research Center, which works on technologies that can be turned into products within three to 10 years.

Green joined Nokia as CTO in May 2010, having previously worked at Sun Microsystems and other companies. Green initially reported to Anssi Vanjoki, then Nokia's number two, but Vanjoki left following the appointment of former Microsoft business division president Stephen Elop as CEO of Nokia last September.

Within months, Elop turned the company's smartphone strategy on its head. On Feb. 11 he announced Nokia's adoption of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system as a replacement for its own Symbian OS and for Meego, the Linux-based OS jointly developed with Intel.

Green had been a supporter of Meego, and in the days following the OS strategy change he continued to describe it as a potential Plan B should Nokia's adoption of Windows Phone not work out.

Tirri will now replace Green on the Nokia Leadership Team, formerly known as the executive board. Green had remained on the team during his leave of absence, having only joined it on Feb. 11, the day Elop announced the switch to Windows Phone. Elop thanked Green on Thursday for "the key role he played in assisting Nokia through a major transition."

Nokia has released a number of new Symbian phones since February, but so far none running Windows Phone. The company is widely expected to launch its first devices running the Microsoft OS next month at its Nokia World event in London.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags business issuespersonnelconsumer electronicsNokiasmartphones

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Peter Sayer

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?