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Nokia Corporation         

November 12, 2015

Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announces that Amr Karim El-Leithy would become the Head of Middle East and Africa as part of the planned combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, after and subject to the successful closing of the public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities announced on April 15, 2015.

Amr Karim El-Leithy would oversee the combined company's customer operations across Middle East and Africa, driving the execution of strategy and ensuring superior customer service, underpinned by a strong focus on innovation and quality.

Amr Karim El-Leithy is currently President for Middle East, Turkey and Africa for Alcatel-Lucent. He joined the company in 2009. Prior to that he served as Regional General Manager for North & West Africa at IBM.

Amr Karim El-Leithy would report to Ashish Chowdhary, Chief Customer Operations Officer, who said:

"We are delighted to announce the appointment of Amr Karim El-Leithy as designated Head of Middle East and Africa. He brings valuable regional experience and expertise, and would be a great asset to the management team. I look forward to working with him as we continue to innovate on behalf of our customers, delivering leading products and services and positioning Nokia as the foundation of seamless connectivity for people and things, wherever they are."

The proposed appointment is effective only after the successful closing of the public exchange offer* and is subject to the completion of the relevant works council consultation procedures.

*Nokia holding more than 50.00% of the share capital of Alcatel-Lucent on a fully diluted basis.


The appointment of Amr Karim El-Leithy follows the announcement of the planned senior leadership team and organizational structure for the combined Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent on October 7, 2015. After the closing of the exchange offer, it is planned that the Networks business would be conducted through four business groups: Mobile Networks, Fixed Networks, Applications & Analytics and IP/Optical Networks. Nokia Technologies would remain as a separate entity within the combined company. In addition, effective after the closing of the exchange offer, Nokia would have six additional business leaders serving as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Customer Operations Officer, Chief Innovation & Operating Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.


Information on the proposed transaction and the biographies of the combined company's planned organization and leadership structure can be found at:


Primary contact: Nokia Communications
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Additional contact: Alcatel-Lucent Communications
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Tel. +33 (0)1 55 14 10 06
Valerie La Gamba,
Tel. + 33 (0)1 55 14 15 91


Nokia Investor Relations
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Alcatel-Lucent Investor relations
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Tel. + 33 (0)1 55 14 11 20
Tom Bevilacqua,
Tel. + 1 908-582-7998


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