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Former Samsung Executive To Head Nokia Consumer Tech

Nokia has appointed former president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America Gregory Lee to lead its Technologies division.

Lee spent 13 years at Samsung, serving as president and CEO for North America since 2014 where he led all of the company’s businesses in the region including smartphones and consumer electronics.

“I am excited by the opportunity to lead Nokia Technologies,” Lee said in a statement.

“The Nokia Technologies team has produced innovative products and solutions in dynamic, high growth segments of the consumer technology market, and I am honored to be in a position to help build on this success in the future.”

Other responsibilities in his role at Samsung included overseeing emerging markets including digital health, virtual reality and digital content, three areas that Nokia Technologies is also focusing on.

“We have chosen the right leader to take Nokia Technologies forward at a time of renewed excitement about the Nokia brand around the world,” said Nokia president and CEO Rajeev Suri.

“Gregory’s passion for innovation and operational excellence, along with his proven ability to build and lead global consumer technology businesses, make him well suited to advance Nokia’s efforts in virtual reality, digital health and beyond.”

The Nokia brand could find a resurgence with the launch of three new smartphones that will hit the market in Australia and around the world this month. However, these devices are produced by HMD Global, a company affiliated with, but not owned by, Nokia.

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