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Anssi Vanjoki, a top executive at the world's largest phone-maker Nokia, admits that his recent resignation was due to his being overlooked for the company's CEO spot.  (Source: Weblo)
Nokia's former number two executive Anssi Vanjoki says he left after being beat out by Microsoft Canada exec

Anssi Vanjoki might not be a very familiar name, even to American tech enthusiasts well versed in the likes of Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer.  However, he was a key player at Finnish phonemaker Nokia for nearly two decades.  Mr. Vanjoki came to Nokia in 1991 from American chemical conglomerate 3M.  In 2005 he master-minded the launch of Nokia's first smartphone lineup -- the N Series.  Today he serves as the Executive Vice President & General Manager, Mobile Solutions unit and is the second most senior executive at Nokia.  He was widely regarded as the company's "number two" behind departing executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.

But when Nokia, the world's largest phonemaker, looked to find a new CEO amid lagging smartphone performance, it overlooked Mr. Vanjoki. Instead, the company opted for former Microsoft Canada executive Stephen Elop.  Mr. Vanjoki quickly announced his resignation.

Speaking to reporters this week at the Nokia World 2010 event in London he confirmed that he resigned because of the snub.  When asked why he left the company, he responded, "I didn’t become the CEO. It is as simple as that.  You know who the guy is it’s not you…so what do you do, you stay or you leave. I decided to leave."

When asked why Nokia was struggling in the smartphone arena, he says it is probably due to the company's use of the Symbian operating system, which is regarded as less intuitive and innovative that Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating system.  Still, he says that his company has fixed up Symbian to feature similar touch gestures to its competitors.

He says that the current iteration of Symbian is now better than his competitors' offerings.  As reported earlier this week, he compared the decision of handset makers like HTC to produce phones with the popular Android OS  to boys urinating on themselves outside in the winter to stay warm.  He remarks, "First it gives you a warm feeling, but boy is it cold after that."

Mr. Vanjoki added that Nokia's second problem is a lack of presence in America, where a great deal of the world's software development talent resides.

When asked about his future plans, he remarked, "I need a plan. My plan is to plan."

One thing's for sure -- having lost much of its top level executive management Nokia is going to have a tough time stay on course, particularly amid concerted efforts from Apple and Android.  In that regard Mr. Vanjoki will be sorely missed -- despite his somewhat off-the-cuff remarks.

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By AnnihilatorX on 9/23/2010 9:02:03 AM , Rating: 1
he compared the decision of handset makers like HTC to produce phones with the popular Android OS to boys urinating on themselves outside in the winter to stay warm. He remarks, "First it gives you a warm feeling, but boy is it cold after that.

I tried very hard and I stuggle to understand the quote, the implications, sacarsm, if there is any. To me it's downright preculiar if not slightly offensive.

RE: Urinating?
By DarkPhoenix on 9/23/2010 9:32:59 AM , Rating: 3
Although indeed crude, the analogy means that by jumping to the Android bandwagon, most manufacturers are leaving themselves without wiggle room in the future, since everyone will be using the same OS and the only difference between companies, will be the hardware.

At least that's my interpretation and if that's what he meant, I don't see a problem. When buying a new phone, one of the problems that people face, is the different interface and options available. If every phone maker uses the same system, everyone will know how to use it, regardless of which company they bought it from. It's basically what standards are for and standards are not bad at all...

RE: Urinating?
By theapparition on 9/23/2010 10:35:41 AM , Rating: 2

Just like how Windows standardized the computer world. However, while Microsoft did well, computer hardware manufacturers struggled to differentiate themselves. Profits on hardware nose-dived as the market became more competitive. In the end, hardware became for the most part a commodity where only a few large manufacturers remain.

That's what Nokia is afraid of. Jumping on the Android or WinMo7 bandwagon just makes them another player in an already quickly crowded market. So they want to try to go the Apple route, and maintain internal control of hardware, software and marketplace. The problem is (IMHO), Apples business model only really works for Apple.

RE: Urinating?
By Pirks on 9/23/2010 10:50:09 AM , Rating: 2
Apples business model only really works for Apple
Should I remind you of Xbox 360?

RE: Urinating?
By bug77 on 9/23/2010 6:04:45 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not confuse "computers" with "personal computers". While Windows helped everyone get a PC into their living room, server and super-computer markets were not affected at all. Sure, the margins for PCs have shrunk considerably, but was it a bad thing overall?

This guy is just reminding us all that for a company, profit comes first. The consumer is lower priority. Not that it's bad or anything (broke companies that bow down the mighty consumer don't do anyone any good), but keeping that in mind helps you see things as they are.

RE: Urinating?
By niva on 9/24/2010 2:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's more than just what you said though. One of the key arguments now being made against Android is it's "openness". Lets be frank, I feel like I just peed on myself and it's a cold winter day whenever I think of said openness. There are some serious issues going on that outright scare me in terms of Google's policies and how fast they're taking over the world. All's well on the surface, never mind the shadows lurking below it...

RE: Urinating?
By chagrinnin on 9/23/2010 9:40:05 AM , Rating: 5
heh heh,...I liked his reply to the question, "any future plans?".

"I need a plan. My plan is to plan."

I hear: "Nah,...I'll be scramblin' for awhile."

Symbian is legacy, Get Rid of it!.
By fteoath64 on 9/24/2010 2:23:59 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia should have jumped on Android!. It is still not too late. They can make their own flavour of the UI, there is no rule saying you cannot.

If they jumped to WinMO7, I am afraid that will be their final blow, if someone wants to kill off this company. They still makes great hardware and needed a strong OS to bolster it. Android is the #1 match with no question. The MeeGo initiative will take too long and will not be competitive ...

RE: Symbian is legacy, Get Rid of it!.
By niva on 9/24/2010 2:18:33 PM , Rating: 2
Eventually they might have to do that, right now it's not the time. They're still in the dominant position as far as the world market is concerned. They've been slow to react but the wheels are turning now. They owe it to themselves to try to do their own thing for now before being reduced to a hardware manufacturer only.

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