Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

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Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.jpg
Born (1953-07-13) July 13, 1953 (age 61)
Lavia, Finland
Occupation Chairman of the committee for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012[1]
Salary €4.8 million (2009)[2]

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (born July 13, 1953) chaired the committee for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, and is the former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nokia, as well as a former board member of Nokia Siemens Networks.[1][3]

Career[edit]

Prior to joining Nokia, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo held a variety of positions with the former Union Bank of Finland.

Kallasvuo's involvement with Nokia began in 1980 when he was appointed as Corporate Counsel. In 1987 he was appointed Assistant Vice President, Legal Department, and in 1988 he was named Assistant Vice President, Finance. In 1990 he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance. From 1990 onward Kallasvuo was a member of the Group Executive Board of Nokia.

In 1992, Kallasvuo was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 1997-1998 he served as Corporate Executive Vice President, Nokia United States, during which period he held overall responsibility for Nokia's business operations in the US. In early 1999, he returned to the position of Chief Financial Officer, the position he had held prior to moving to the United States. From 2004-2005 Kallasvuo was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Phones. On October 1, 2005 he was named President and COO. He then served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Corporation from June 1, 2006 until he was succeeded by Stephen Elop on September 21, 2010.

During Kallasvuo's term as CEO, Nokia's share of the smartphone market collapsed from 48% in 2006 to 31% by his departure in late 2010 (according to Financial Times figures). During this period, Nokia's management failed to respond to the rapidly changing environment of the smartphone and wider mobile market, with the lack of platform and UI development contributing to the decline of Nokia from the world's largest mobile manufacturer to a minor brand with less than 3% of the smartphone market by the time its mobile phone division was bought out by Microsoft in mid 2014. The slow pace of development and weak support of the company's own Maemo OS, subsequently known as Meego and featured on the N900 and N9 handsets, left the company with no platform to compete with Apple's iPhone or Google's Android platforms, with key partner Intel abandoning the Meego project in 2011 shortly after Kallasvuo's departure from Nokia. The Meego OS subsequently resurfaced as Sailfish OS, developed by original N9 team working in the Nokia-funded startup Jolla. Nokia would subsequently turn to the Windows Phone platform with little commercial success under Kallasvuo's successor and former Microsoft executive Elop.

In addition to his duties for Nokia he served as Director of EMC Corporation from August 2004 to January 23, 2009.[4]

On January 26, 2012, the TeliaSonera committee proposed that Mr Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo be elected as a new member of the TeliaSonera's board of directors

Education[edit]

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo holds a master's degree in law (LL.M.) from the University of Helsinki.

Personal life[edit]

Kallasvuo was born in Lavia, Finland. He is married to Ursula Ranin, a lawyer formerly working for Nokia. From his previous marriage to Anita Kallasvuo he has two adult children; Jussi and Anu Kallasvuo.

According to his official Nokia biography page he enjoys golf, tennis and reading about political history in his spare time.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "dezeen magazine". Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Verotiedot 2009 maakunnittain: Uusimaa" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. 1 November 2010. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nokia Press Release, September 21, 2010". Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo". Business Week. January 30, 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Jorma Ollila
Nokia Corporation CEO
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Stephen Elop