Urpo Karjalainen, who was until recently the Regional Managing Director (Asia Pacific) for BlackBerry has been appointed the CEO of Newkia.
Nokia's former Asia-Pacific head Thomas Zilliacus today announced the appointment of Karjalainen effective immediately.
Karjalainen is also a shareholder and a founding partner of Newkia, according to a Newkia official statement.
Newkia, headquartered in Singapore, is founded and majority-owned by Mobile FutureWorks Inc, the development and investment company set up by Thomas Zilliacus. The phone company was registered immediately after the announcement of Nokia's phone business being acquired by Microsoft in September this year.
"Urpo Karjalainen is the most accomplished mobile executive in Asia over the last 15 years," said Zilliacus. "Under Urpo's leadership Asia became Nokia largest and most profitable market. We are extremely pleased to have him join and lead our team. We are moving rapidly towards the deployment of our first phone. No other mobile executive in Asia has the contacts, reach and credibility amongst Asia's mobile operators, distributors and dealers that Urpo has".
"I see a huge opportunity for Newkia in the current market, and I am very excited to be part of creating something new built on Nokia's incredible legacy," said Karjalainen. "We are building a team and an organization that will carry forward the best knowhow and the best qualities of the phones that made Nokia the world-leading mobile phone brand for 14 years, and Nokia Corporation Europe's most valuable company".
Urpo Karjalainen started his career in Asia with Nokia as VP of Strategic Marketing and Sales for Nokia Mobile Phones Asia-Pacific. He served in this position from 1997 - 1999. From early 2001 to 2004, he was President of Nokia (China) Investment Co Ltd, and Corporate Senior Vice President and General Manager of Nokia China. From 2004 to 2007, he was Head of Nokia's sales & marketing activities in the entire Asia Pacific area.
From 2008 to 2011, he was based in London UK and was the Global Head of Nokia's sales to operator clients.
From 2011 to March 2012, he served as Head of Greater China, India, SEA, Australia & NZ for Blackberry (RIM) and from 2012 to 2013 he was Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific for BlackBerry.
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