HERE CEO Halbherr steps down ‘to focus on own entrepreneurial activities’

halbherr-nokiaNokia today announced that Michael Halbherr, the CEO of HERE and a member of the Nokia Group Leadership Team, has decided to quit all his positions within the Finnish group effective September 1 to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests outside of the company.

Cliff Fox, a current SVP at HERE, will act as the interim exec as the company seeks a permanent leader from inside or outside of the company.

HERE is Nokia’s mapping and location services division which the company has withheld during the sale of most of its mobile units to Microsoft earlier this year. It has an exclusive contract with the US giant though, to supply HERE services on Windows Mobile phones. The company recently has been shifting its focus towards location intelligence that includes cloud-based connected devices and Internet of Things tech.

Halbherr said, “I am proud that we have been able to create a leading location cloud company widely recognized across industries, by customers and by opinion leaders. Now the time is right for me to focus once again on entrepreneurial activities. I wish the team the best of success for the future.”

“I would like to thank Michael for his leadership, passion and achievements during his eight years with Nokia,” said Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia.  “He has played a key role in making HERE one of the strongest players in its sector, with a depth and breadth that is unique.  He leaves with my best wishes and the gratitude of all of Nokia.”

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