Exclusive: Conor Pierce leaves Microsoft Mobile Devices

Exclusive: Conor Pierce leaves Microsoft Mobile Devices

Conor Pierce, head of Microsoft Mobile Devices UK and Ireland, has left the business.

Pierce’s departure comes six months after Microsoft took over Nokia’s devices business where he was Nokia VP UK and Ireland.

The takeover has triggered a major restructuring with over 1,500 jobs under threat across the European divisions of Nokia Devices, due to duplication.

Sources say there are no plans to replace Pierce with the team reporting to Florian Seche, Microsoft Mobile Devices European sales director, and former founder and head of HTC UK.

It is unclear where Pierce is headed, although he has been tipped by some sources as a contender to replace Simon Stanford as head of Samsung's mobile division in the UK.

A Microsoft spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that Conor Pierce will leave Microsoft Devices Sales. We are very thankful for the commitment he has shown in his various leadership roles and wish him all the best for his personal and professional future.’

Pierce was brought into  Nokia’s UK division in 2011 with a brief to turn around the manufacturer's fortunes following plummeting sales in the UK, largely due to Nokia's late entry into the smartphone market. He oversaw the launch of the Nokia Lumia smartphone range and rebuilt strong relationships with UK operators and retail and distribution partners, in a market where Nokia had a reputation for being remote and arrogant.

Pierce is a Nokia veteran with huge experience of the company’s devices business. He joined Nokia in 2001 from LM Ericsson to take the role of MD of Nokia Ireland. In January 2008 Pierce moved to Dubai, where he was head of go- to-market for Nokia’s Middle Eastern division for just over a year, before taking on the role of MD of Nokia Turkey in April 2009.Two year later Pierce moved to the UK to become VP of Nokia UK and Ireland.

One source said: ‘He is a great leader who leads from the front and he is an agent for change. He also has a great sense of humour and is a great guy who likes a beer and a chat - very approachable.’








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