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Nassib Abou-Khalil

Chief Legal Officer (CLO)


b. 1972

Nassib has been Nokia’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO) since August 2019 with responsibility for all legal and compliance matters of the Nokia Group.

He joined Nokia in September 2014 as Head of Legal & Compliance for the Middle East & Africa region, later becoming General Counsel for Customer Operations and Deputy CLO, Business. Following the announcement of the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, Nassib led the compliance integration planning work, developing and implementing the initial compliance program for the combined companies.

Before joining Nokia, Nassib was Head of Public Policy for Europe and Middle East & Africa and General Counsel for Middle East & Africa at Yahoo! He also held roles at GE Oil & Gas, Etisalat and TMF Netherlands.

An admitted lawyer at the Ontario Bar and in England, Nassib holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, civil law (LL.L.) and common law (LL.B.) and a law master’s (LL.M) from the University of Ottawa in Canada, the latter including a year’s study of European law at the University of Louvain in Belgium.

In addition to his legal work, Nassib is an outspoken advocate for inclusion and diversity, working closely with Nokia’s LGBT+ employee resource group EQUAL! An out leader himself, he took part in the launch of the OUT Leaders program at Nokia.

Nassib works at Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo. He was born in Lebanon and has worked in Canada, the Netherlands, Qatar and the UAE. In his spare time he enjoys contemporary art, music including opera, and hiking in the countryside, particularly in the Alps.

Career history:

  • Deputy CLO, Business, Nokia, 2019
  • General Counsel, Customer Operations, Nokia, 2016–2019
  • Head of Legal & Compliance, Middle East & Africa, Nokia, 2014–2015
  • Head of Public Policy, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and General Counsel, Middle East & Africa, Yahoo!, 2010–2014
  • Regional Counsel, Middle East & Africa and India, GE Oil & Gas, 2007–2010
  • Regulatory Counsel, Etisalat, 2006–2007
  • Various legal counsel roles, TMF Netherlands, 2002–2006
  • Legal articling, Fasken Martineau, 1999–2001