A veteran of the Nokia brand, Barry French joined the board of HMD in November. Previously Chief Marketing Officer at Nokia, Barry held responsibility for Nokia marketing, communications, government relations, industry analyst relations, and corporate responsibility, as well as employee health, safety and security.
Barry started at Nokia in 2006 and played key roles in the creation of Nokia Siemens Networks and its dramatic turnaround starting in 2011. He was also instrumental in the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, the revitalization of the Nokia brand, and the development of a high-performance culture and operating model within Nokia.
When he took the reins for the Nokia brand in 2014, Barry drove its transformation into a recognized technology innovation leader. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Nokia Shanghai Bell, Nokia’s joint venture company in China.
Barry started his career in political consulting, working with clients in the United States and in more than a dozen other countries who were seeking elected office positions or working to build support for significant policy initiatives.
During his career, he has worked at companies including the Sawyer/Miller Group, Dell, Raytheon, and United Airlines. He has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York.
Barry has been married to his wife Karen for almost 30 years. He enjoys running, hiking in the mountains trying to keep pace with his three young-adult children and two golden retrievers. He and his family have lived in Helsinki, London, and are currently settled down Dallas, Texas.