Pekka Rantala is working for Nokia again, though in a different sense of the word.
After a 17-year stint at Nokia, mostly as part of the marketing staff, Rantala made his way to Rovio — yes, the Angry Birds people — in 2015 as CEO. Unfortunately, with a sluggish economy and a company struggling to find another global hit, he had to lay off a major portion of his workforce and restructure Rovio. He left this year and now we know that he has been hired by HMD Global Oy.
You may recall that Nokia has licensed its smartphone business to the upstart HMD as it prepares to start designing and selling mobile products under its own name again. A Foxconn subsidiary has agreed to manufacture them.
With Nokia’s new offside operations picking up a member of the old guard, it’ll be interesting to watch how the company’s consumer-side imaging will get spun as it begins to come out of hibernation. 3310s, be damned.