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Nokia Promotes Tirri to Chief Technology Officer as Green Leaves

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Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Nokia Oyj, the Finnish maker of mobile phones, named Henry Tirri as chief technology officer and member of the leadership team starting today.

Tirri, who reports directly to Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop, took over the duties in June when Rich Green went on leave for personal reasons. Green, who became chief technology officer in May 2010, has left the company, Espoo, Finland-based Nokia said today in a statement.

“Henry has provided Nokia technical leadership and challenged us to explore forward-looking technologies,” Elop said in the statement. Tirri “will have the opportunity to make a greater impact and set the course for Nokia and our role in the mobile industry.”

Nokia is readying a line of phones based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 operating system to replace the company’s own Symbian line, which is losing out to Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Android handsets based on Google Inc.’s system. Nokia targets the fourth quarter for the first Windows handset.

Nokia fell as much as 3.6 percent to 4.04 euros in Helsinki trading, and was down 2.9 percent at 10:12 a.m. local time.

Tirri will be based in Sunnyvale, California. He previously led the Nokia Research Center in nearby Palo Alto.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kati Pohjanpalo in Helsinki at kpohjanpalo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net