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Nokia Replaces Chief Technology Officer

Nokia has replaced its chief technology officer at a time when the company is hoping for a turnaround with Windows Phone 7.

The company announced that Henry Tirri will become the new chief technology officer after Rich Green, who became CTO in May 2010, took personal leave in June.

Nokia said that Terri will report directly to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and will be responsible for scripting Nokia’s technology strategy. Terri was the acting CTO at Nokia after Green went on leave, and now Nokia has confirmed that he is here to stay.

"During his time at Nokia, Henry has provided Nokia technical leadership and challenged us to explore forward-looking technologies. In his new role, Henry will have the opportunity to make a greater impact and set the course for Nokia and our role in the mobile industry," said Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop.

"The company would also like to thank Rich Green for the key role he played in assisting Nokia through a major transition. We wish him all the best success in his future ventures," he added.

Nokia is expected to reveal its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone right before the Christmas holiday season.