11/29/2010 9:25:00 PM
Power 50 Profile: Simon Ainslie, MD, Nokia UK
Ainslie’s influence can be seen from top to bottom within Nokia UK. He has rebuilt the management team, restructured the company and relocated operations from Cambridgeshire to Farnborough. He has made Nokia far more retailer and operator friendly, opening it up to colour variants and possible exclusives, whilst revamping its supply chain to make it run like clockwork. Securing an exclusive UK launch for the N95 was proof of Ainslie’s influence in Finland. Their faith was rewarded with the highest first-week sales of any product since records began.