HMD Global apparently has a new boss after Florian Seiche surprisingly announced his departure. He announced his departure as CEO of the Finnish company a few weeks ago. His administration has been reviving the Nokia brand in the smartphone market. Nokia has launched a couple of new Android-based devices for several years.
At the moment, there is no official confirmation from HMD Global. Apparently, Jean-Francois Baril is the new CEO of the company. Baril is a co-founder of the company and has been part of the team from the very beginning. He has been working as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. On his LinkedIn profile, he has now added the role of CEO of HMD Global to his responsibilities.
Seiche surprisingly got out in October
So obviously Baril is succeeding Florian Seiche. The former HTC Europe boss and former Microsoft and Nokia executive has recently stepped down from the CEO post at HMD Global. He held this position since the company was founded six years ago. At the moment, there is no information on the reason(s) for his departure.
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Baril has yet to comment on his new role at HMD Global. The Frenchman has been an experienced manager in the field of supply chain management and procurement for decades. So, he certainly has the best contacts with contract manufacturers and design houses in Asia.
HMD Global offers its smartphones under the Nokia brand with considerable success. However, the company has recently delivered mass-produced goods rather than flagship products. This is why it plays a subordinate role in the overall market. HMD recently tried to set a focus on recycling materials as a sales argument for its meanwhile rather average hardware, especially with a reliable upgrade supply for everything to do with Android. The company brings together a large number of former employees of Nokia’s mobile devices division. This division has now been sold to Microsoft.