In a surprising turn of events, HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela will be leaving the company immediately as part of a mutual agreement between him and the Board of Directors. The Finland-based conglomerate didn’t mention anything further including what led to the decision. Perhaps, we will know more in the coming days. What we do know as of now is that the company has appointed Florian Seiche, who was been leading as the President since the inception, to the role of acting CEO.
Arto Nummela had only joined HMD Global a year ago after playing a vital role in marketing and sales at Nokia and then, Microsoft. In addition to that, he was one of the key persons responsible for the return of the Nokia brand back in December. Moreover, he was a significant part of the company’s aggressive push into the smartphone market recently in various countries including India. HMD Global launched a slew of new products at this year’s Mobile World Congress namely the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. Moreover, they are also expected to announce the Nokia 8 at the end of this month.
We’re not sure whether HMD Global will be taking a step back for awhile to restructure itself as the departure of a senior executive will certainly hinder their progress. Commenting on the changes, Sam Chin, Chairman of the Board, HMD Global Oy said, “Arto Nummela has played a key role in the creation of the HMD Global operation, building the team and launching our first products. On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Arto for his contribution and wish him well in his future endeavors.”