Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who was scheduled to speak today at the manufacturer’s Nokia World Summit, did not attend the event.
Nokia’s markets and sales chief Niklas Savander thanked Kallasvuo in his opening key note speech at the annual conference.
Last week, it emerged that Microsoft chief Stephen Elop would replace Kallasvuo – who has worked for Nokia for the last 30 years
Savander thanked Kallasvuo for ‘an incredible 30 years’, receiving a round of applause from the audience.
He had begun his speech by passing on Elop’s regrets for not being able to attend the event. Elop will take his new role on 21 September.
Savander also addressed criticisms of the manufacturer, reeling out figures supporting Nokia’s position in the market.
He said: ‘Nokia is going through a tough challenging transition, but we have laid our foundation for success. We are not going to apologise for not being Apple, Google or Samsung or anyone else. We know that just one device will not satisfy all. Even in the high end, offering just one model will inevitably lead to compromises. We will continue to offer a variety of devices to meet different needs, tastes and budgets.’
Meanwhile, Nokia executive vice president of mobile solutions, Anssi Vanjoki - who is also leaving the company – did appear to deliver his last keynote speech, showcasing Nokia’s new range of Symbian devices.
Four devices introduced by Vanjoki included the N8, the Nokia C6 and C7 and the Nokia E7.