Espoo, Finland - Igor Leprince has been appointed to lead Global Services at Nokia Networks, effective November 4, 2014. Leprince will report to Nokia President and CEO, Rajeev Suri, and join the Nokia Networks Leadership Team. He will be Executive Vice President Global Services, based in Espoo, Finland.
Leprince is currently the Senior Vice President and Head of Middle East & Africa for Nokia Networks where he has been responsible for all sales and operations in the region. He will continue to lead Middle East & Africa until a successor is appointed. During his tenure, he has spearheaded the deployment of Mobile Broadband (3G/LTE) with the region's leading telecommunication operators, developed and implemented the strategy that returned the region to profitability and revenue growth.
"Igor has a strong track record in specific services businesses and in driving the Networks business as a whole in Middle East and Africa", said Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO. "I am confident he is the right person to take our excellent services business to a position of increased strength".
Igor joined Nokia Networks in September 2007 as the Global Head of Network Planning and Optimization (NPO) which became a key differentiator for the services business and for the company. Igor also served as head of the Global Services Care organization prior to moving to Dubai. Before this, he held various management positions for operators and services companies. Igor has a Master's degree in Telecommunications and Network Engineering from ENST, Paris, France.
The previous head of Global Services, Eva Elmstedt, will leave the company at the end of the year for personal reasons. During her time in the role, the organization delivered strong profitability and improvements in employee engagement and customer satisfaction. "I thank Eva for all she has done to help transition our Services business towards a stronger future," said Suri.
The Global Services business unit provides mobile operators with a broad range of services, from network implementation to care services, managed services for network and service operations, network planning and optimization and systems integration. The business has global and local services experts and centralized tools and architecture at two Global Delivery Centers and five Global Service Delivery Hubs around the world.
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