New Delhi: Global telecommunications services provider Nokia Siemens Networks on Tuesday said it has appointed Rajeev Suri, an Indian citizen, as its chief executive officer (CEO) with effect from 1 October.
Suri succeeds Simon Beresford-Wylie, who will leave the Nokia Group Executive Board on 30 September.
“I am extremely pleased to announce Rajeev’s appointment as the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks,” Nokia CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Siemens Networks Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in a statement.
Suri will be based at Nokia Siemens Networks’ headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Suri currently leads the services business of Nokia Siemens Networks and has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
In previous roles, he has been based in various locations including India, Finland, the United Kingdom, West Africa and Singapore.
About the outgoing CEO, Kallasvuo said, “I respect his decision to pursue opportunities in a new industry after 27 years in the telecommunications infrastructure sector.”
Beresford-Wylie joined Nokia in 1998 and held several positions in Asia and the Europe before his appointment to head Nokia’s infrastructure business group in February 2005.
He was one of the leading drivers behind the creation of Nokia Siemens Networks, which operates in 150 countries and assumed the position of the CEO of the company when it commenced operations on 1 April 1, 2007.