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Nokia India head P Balaji resigns

After heading operations at Nokia India for two years, the company’s Marketing Director P Balaji has resigned, reports Business Line. Nokia has confirmed the development to MediaNama, and added that Balaji will continue to be at the company as an advisor until October. Ajay Mehta, the current Head of Sales Operations, India Middle East and Africa will be acting as the Area head for India.



P Balaji who was appointed as Nokia India head in 2012, had previously headed operations at Sony Ericsson India. Balaji is often credited for his contributions in the growth of the Lumia and the Nokia X smartphones.

The resignation comes a month after Microsoft, which acquired Nokia last year, announced its biggest layoff, affecting 12,500 Nokia employees. Satya Nadella, appointed Microsoft’s new CEO earlier this month, announced that the company will be going under restructuring to align it with his “Cloud first. Mobile first” vision. As part of that, around 18,000 people lose their job by 2015, of which 12,500 are Nokia employees.

While the impact of the layoff is said to be minimal in India, it should be pointed out that the Nokia India reportedly terminated several jobs at its Sriperumbudur plant, allegedly forcing many to take voluntary retirement, as per LiveMint.

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A Nokia India spokesperson said this in a statement.

After spending almost two years with Nokia and now in Microsoft Devices Group, P. Balaji has decided to move on from the organization for personal reasons.

Balaji joined us in October 2012 as Managing Director, India Area, and has led the team through one of our most competitive periods. Being focused on his team and collaboration, he has been instrumental in helping driving momentum behind Lumia, building the X family of phones as well as strengthening our Retail execution in the country. We are thankful to him for his contribution.

While we look for potential candidates for the position, Ajey Mehta, the current Head of Sales Operations- India Middle East and Africa, will be the acting Area Head for India. Ajey will continue in his current role at the same time. He is a veteran in the company, having joined Nokia 10 years ago. He has held several key roles in this period including heading Retail in Singapore, a stint in the global Retail team and leading Sales Ops for the erstwhile SEAP region.  

Balaji will continue to be an Advisor to MDG and Ajey in the transition. He will be with us till Oct 2014.


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