Nokia CTO Goes On Leave, Henry Tirri Takes Temporary Charge

The chief technology officer of Nokia has taken a leave of absence and will be replaced by the head of research centre on a temporary basis, the company announced.

The “departed” CTO, Richard Green, an American national, had joined the Finnish mobile giant last year in 2010. Before joining Nokia, he was working with the Sun Microsystems.

According to Nokia, Mr. Green took the leave “to attend to a personal matter”, and also that it is not confirmed yet when exactly he is going to make a comeback.

The company named Henry Tirri, the head of the company’s research centre as the successor of Mr. Green, but only on a temporary basis until the latter returns.

However, Nokia did not forget to mention that this change of leadership will hardly have any impact on their “product strategy or our product launches.”

Earlier, a reputed Finnish news paper had claimed that it was highly unlikely on Mr. Green’s part to make a comeback because the reason behind him taking an indefinite break was nothing else but his sheer differences with the company over strategic issues.

The appointment of Mr. Tirri, however, has been termed by quite a few analysts as the company’s decision to get back to the roots, and a more focused approach towards motherboard, chips and transmission technology.