Ashish Chowdhary has been appointed to lead Customer Operations at Nokia Networks, effective 1 January 1 2015. Chowdhary will report to Nokia President and CEO, Rajeev Suri, and remain on the Nokia Networks Leadership Team. He will be Chief Business Officer, based in Espoo, Finland.
Chowdhary is currently EVP Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) for Nokia Networks where he has been responsible for all sales and operations in the region representing more than half of the revenue of Nokia Networks’ global business.
He will continue to lead AMEA until the end of the year. During his tenure he has delivered consistently strong financial performance and overseen the transformation of the Networks business in the region.
“Ashish has proven his talent and demonstrated strong execution in building customer relationships and delivering on our promises,” said Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO. “Given his experience, having led both Customer Operations and Global Services, he is the ideal candidate to develop our worldwide customer facing organization to suit the global market in which we operate.”
In the past four years, Chowdhary has successfully led Customer Operations in the diverse regions of Asia Pacific, Japan, India, Greater China, and Middle East and Africa, representing over half of the Networks’ global business. Prior to this, Chowdhary headed the Global Services business.
As part of this change, René Svendsen-Tune, executive vice president Europe and Latin America, and Ricky Corker, executive vice president North America, will report to Chowdhary as of 1 January 2015. Svendsen-Tune plans to leave the company at the end of the first quarter 2015 after a smooth transition. “In our most recent interim results we saw the return to year-on-year growth in Europe” said Suri.
“René has been an inspirational leader for this team and the deal momentum he has created will lay the platform for our business in 2015”. Corker will remain on the Networks Leadership Team reflecting the importance of the North American market to Nokia Networks.