Nokia CTO takes leave of absence - over MS deal?
Nokia's Chief technology Officer, Rich Green will be taking a leave of absence from the company for what is being reported as "personal reasons." Nokia has officially confirmed Green's departure, but will not specify the length of leave, nor the reasons behind. Finnish paper Helsingin Sanomat says that two inside sources have told them that that Green will be gone until at least the end of the year and is actually not expected to return at all. This, they say, is due to a fundamental disagreement with the direction of the company, primarily, Nokia's decision to move exclusively to Windows Phone for their mobile devices.
We first met and heard from Green at Mobile World Congress in February and at least publicly, he seemed absolutely enthusiastic about moving forward with Windows Phone.
This is just more thing that Nokia did not need to happen in an already trying week. They have recently seen their stock prices plummet, their credit ranking degraded and rumors surface of a buyout. The partnership with Microsoft seems likely to either make or break the company, though to be a savior, it needs to happen soon. Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, has big plans for WP7 and hopes to see Nokia-branded WP7 devices by Q4 this year.