Nokia names Joerg Erlemeier as its new COO, Monika Maurer leaves

- Leadership - Dec 11, 2017

Nokia has appointed company veteran Joerg Erlemeier as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Erlemeier replaces Monika Maurer, who is leaving to pursue new opportunities after only eight months in the role, a time that has seen the Finnish electronics company struggle in the face of stiff competition.

Shares in the company dropped by a fifth in October after a sharp earnings drop was reported due to internal issues and a weak market.

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"I want to thank Monika for her contributions to Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent before that. I warmly welcome Joerg to the GLT, and look forward to working together to further strengthen our disciplined operating model," said Rajeev Suri, Nokia's Chief Executive Officer.

Erlemeier has held various roles at Nokia over the past 20 years, most recently being its Senior Vice President for Transformation, a role he will transition from in the next few weeks.

Previously he held the COO position of Nokia's Mobile Networks business group, has operated as the head of its Middle East and Africa region while also leading services in Asia-Pacific and Japan and North America.

Erlemeier was educated at Fachhochschule Aachen, from where he holds a Bachelors' degree in Engineering with a specialism in electronics and telecommunications.

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