Nokia-phone maker, HMD Global, announced the sudden departure of CEO Arto Nummela by “mutual agreement” with the board of directors. The current president, Florian Seiche, will take over as acting CEO with immediate effect, the company said in a statement.
Nokia recently released a new range of Android-powered smartphones and is due to launch the Nokia 8, expected to be its flagship product. Nummela’s abrupt departure prior to the Nokia 8 could indicate disagreement over the company’s direction or difficulties within the company.
HMD Global signed an agreement with Nokia in December last year to use the latter’s brand and design on smartphones that will be made by FIH Mobile owned by Foxconn.
According to rumours and leaks, the Nokia 8 will be a fusion of Nokia’s old Windows phone’s rear stacked camera design with the familiar appearance of Android devices. It is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.