Nokia employs former CEO of Samsung Electronics North America
who was a former President and CEO of Samsung Electronics, North America
division. Lee has been offered the function of the President of Nokia
Technologies and a member of the Group Leadership team.
of the Samsung Electronics in the whole North America. He was in charge of the whole
group of Samsung consumer electronics, together with smartphones, tablets, home
appliances, and others.
Lee who has an all-embracing resume, covering over 30 years
had most his jobs comprised of leadership roles, both in Samsung and other
places. He has also worked with Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble,
and also Kellog’s.
Nokia appoints Gregory Lee to head Nokia Technologies and as member of
the Nokia Group Leadership Team
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the appointment of Gregory Lee,
a proven consumer technology and innovation leader, as President of Nokia
Technologies and as member of the Group Leadership team, with immediate effect.
Lee joins Nokia after a 13-year career at Samsung Electronics, where he
most recently served as President and CEO, Samsung Electronics, North America,
with a focus on driving fast growth, profitability and operational excellence.
In this capacity, Lee led all of Samsung’s businesses for North America,
managing a portfolio of products including mobile phones and consumer
electronics, as well as those in new market segments such as digital health,
virtual reality devices and digital content.
“We have chosen the right leader to take Nokia Technologies
forward at a time of renewed excitement about the Nokia brand around the
world,” said Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia.
“Gregory’s passion for innovation and operational excellence, along with
his proven ability to build and lead global consumer technology businesses,
make him well suited to advance Nokia’s efforts in virtual reality, digital
health and beyond.”
“I am excited by the opportunity to lead Nokia Technologies,”
said Lee. “The Nokia Technologies team has produced innovative products
and solutions in dynamic, high growth segments of the consumer technology
market, and I am honored to be in a position to help build on this success in
A graduate of the University of California at San Diego, where he
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Lee has held numerous
product, technology and marketing leadership roles over the course of a career
spanning nearly three decades.
He previously served as Samsung’s Global Chief
Marketing Officer, as well as President and CEO of Samsung Electronics
Southeast Asia and President and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America.
Prior to his time at Samsung, Lee led product development, sales and strategic
initiatives for global consumer brands including Johnson & Johnson,
Kellogg’s and Procter & Gamble.
Lee will be based in California, reporting to Suri. Accordingly, the
Group Leadership would, effective as of June 30, 2017, consist of the following
members: Rajeev Suri (Chairman), Basil Alwan, Hans-Juergen Bill, Kathrin Buvac,
Ashish Chowdhary, Barry French, Bhaskar Gorti, Federico Guillén, Gregory Lee,
Igor Leprince, Monika Maurer, Kristian Pullola, Marc Rouanne, Maria Varsellona
and Marcus Weldon.