India may be spared the brunt of Nokia‘s cost cutting spree: The handset maker has said that it will be laying off 1700 employees worldwide, scaling sales, marketing and technology management to match the pruned portfolio and global consumer demand, and addressing marketing and other activities that will no longer be integral following the Symbian acquisition. In November last year, the handset maker had announced some 615 employees would be affected in organizational changes. In February, the company said they offered a voluntary resignation package for 1000 employees to choose and requested employees not to opt for cash compensation for holidays this year.
Nokia India employs around 10,000 employees, of which 8,000 are workers at its Chennai handset manufacturing plant. A Nokia India spokesperson has said that the impact of the restructing exercise on India will be minimal, ET reports. Business Line adds that they have reorganized business into three segments – marketing, operator and retail. It has two other divisions Services and Software, replacing the previous Enterprise division. Vineet Taneja is marketing director and Shankar Subramanian will now be the director for retail. V. Ramnath will look after the operator business, Vipul Sabarwal, previously the country head of Nokia’s Thailand operations, is now the sales director. India sales head Bob McDougal has been moved to head Nokia in Indonesia. Devinder Kishore, the director marketing has been moved to Finland in a global role.