Nokia UK general manager Mark Loughran will leave the manufacturer at the start of next month.
Nokia head of retail Sami Lehtinen will immediately take over as acting general manager. Loughran is joining Pace plc, a provider of digital set-top box technologies, as president of a new business division, Pace Enterprise.
Loughran became UK MD for Nokia in January 2009. He was at the helm when the manufacturer launched the 5800 - one of the biggest selling phones in the first half of 2009. Prior to joining Nokia, he spent 10 years with GSK.
Loughran said: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Nokia and making the decision to leave such a great company has not been easy. I'm immensely proud of what we’ve achieved since I joined in 2007 and I leave behind an amazing group of highly talented and dedicated people. I personally feel very fortunate to have led Nokia UK and I wish Sami and all the team the very best for the future.
‘I firmly believe that Nokia is well positioned for success in the years ahead and I leave Nokia UK & Ireland in great shape for the second half of 2010, with Nokia N8 and C7 hitting the streets over the next few weeks and the ongoing rollout of Ovi services and apps.’
Urpo Karjalainen, SVP Nokia Europe sales, said: ‘I would like to thank Mark for the energy and results driven approach he has brought to his role at Nokia. The strong business performance he has achieved whilst transforming and developing the organisation puts Nokia UK & Ireland in a great place, and Sami and the team will continue to drive this success.’