Nokia Networks hires Ashish Chowdhary as Chief Business Officer and Igor Leprince to lead services business

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Nokia Networks has hired Ashish Chowdhary to lead Customer Operations, effective January 1, 2015. Chowdhary will report to Nokia President and CEO, Rajeev Suri, and remain on the Nokia Networks Leadership Team. He will be Chief Business Officer, based in Espoo,Finland. Igor Leprince has been appointed to lead Global Services at Nokia Networks.

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Chowdhary is currently EVP Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) for Nokia Networks where he has been responsible for all sales and operations in the region representing more than half of the revenue of Nokia Networks' global business. He will continue to lead AMEA until the end of the year. During his tenure he has delivered consistently strong financial performance and overseen the transformation of the Networks business in the region.

"Ashish has proven his talent and demonstrated strong execution in building customer relationships and delivering on our promises," said Rajeev Suri, Nokia President and CEO.

He further added, "Given his experience, having led both Customer Operations and Global Services, he is the ideal candidate to develop our worldwide customer facing organization to suit the global market in which we operate."

In the past four years, Chowdhary has successfully led Customer Operations in the diverse regions of Asia Pacific, Japan, India, Greater China, and Middle East and Africa, representing over half of the Networks' global business. Prior to this, Chowdhary headed the Global Services business.

"In our most recent interim results we saw the return to year-on-year growth in Europe" said Suri

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