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Nokia’s investors and analysts have increasingly been calling for a change in management with the hopes of breathing a breath of fresh air i…

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo
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Nokia’s investors and analysts have increasingly been calling for a change in management with the hopes of breathing a breath of fresh air into the handset makers’ portfolio in its fight against the iPhone. But as recently as May, the board said it was satisfied, potentially tabling the issues altogether. Now, sources familiar with the matter, are claiming that the company has started a search for a new CEO, reports the WSJ.

The WSJ said a couple of U.S.-based executives have already interviewed for the job with at least one declining because the position would require relocating to Finland. A spokesperson declined to comment on rumors or speculation.

The investors and analysts aren’t so much concerned that Nokia (NYSE: NOK) doesn’t have an iPhone competitor for the sake of the company’s image, but rather that a majority of phones it sells are at the low-end (and therefore hurts the company’s margins). For instance, it sold 432 million devices in 2009, or more than its top three competitors combined, however, its average selling price for all models has plummeted 44 percent in the past five years to 62 euros. One way it hopes to boost earnings is by offering additional services on the phone. But even there, the company has steep competition. It is now giving away its turn-by-turn navigation services away after Google (NSDQ: GOOG) provided them at no cost on Android.

Things do change quickly in wireless. The company’s directors said in May that it approved of the company’s direction and this focus on services. Following the Finnish company’s annual meeting in May, Jorma Ollila, Nokia

  1. This should have happened 2 quarters ago. There really is no sense of urgency in this company nor initiative. I am sure they have internal employees that are begging for change and management is still figuring which ugly handset with the perfect designed “antenna” they will release.

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  2. voice of reason Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    hey there zoobies “demise” means death you probly want to change your headline for legal reasons if for nothing else.

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  3. Root cause is Vanjoki. He has driven Nokia’s direction for the last decade and a half. Not sure how many reorgs and CEO’s will take to bring Vanjoki’s ego back to earth. Glad I sold my stock couple of years back!

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  4. Should have happened when they passed on Palm acquisition. Symbian is dead in the water, and they have no alternative that has commercial viability – WebOS would have given them a huge shot in the arm. They need to clean out that entire management team…terrible.

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  5. Nokia is a dead man walking,

    none of there new smart phones are out until late Q4
    by that time everyone has forgotten about them

    symbian is a dead OS

    sure they are kings of handsets in the 3rd world
    where SMS is the only killer app, no one will develop apps for the 3rd world

    if a chinese competitor decides to compete in the same space they are done

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