Mobile manufacturer Nokia has announced the upcoming departure of imaging chief Damian Dinning in a company statement. Dinning has ascribed his decision to leave the former market leader to “personal reasons”.
“Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective 30 November 2012,” read a statement from Nokia.
He will be leaving the handset designer to take up a new role in the automotive industry, namely at Jaguar Land Rover.
“At a very young age, I had two very strong interests, cars and photography. With regards to the latter, I wanted to be able to take photography from the nerdy or for special occasions only use it was at the time, to being part of everyday life,” explained Dinning in a statement to PureViewClub.
“I am thrilled that I’ll shortly be joining Jaguar Land Rover where I’ll take a role driving future innovations in the exciting new field of Connected Car,” he added
Dinning first joined the Scandinavian handset developer in April 2004 and is mostly known for being the architect behind Nokia’s proprietary camera technology, PureView. The camera first appeared in the Nokia 808, is currently in the Lumia 920, and is famed for being one of the first phone cameras to enable pixel oversampling – the combining of multiple pixels to form a single image pixel – resulting in lossless zoom and overall higher image quality.
“During the past nine years, Damian has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business. We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best,” said Nokia.