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Leadership appointments at HMD Global

  • Florian Seiche appointed CEO, HMD Global
  • Pekka Rantala appointed Executive Vice President

Espoo, Finland 30 October 2017 – HMD Global Oy’s Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Florian Seiche as the Chief Executive Officer. Florian has also been elected to join the HMD Global Board, effective immediately.

The Board also gave additional responsibility to Pekka Rantala. In addition to his current role as Chief Marketing Officer, Pekka has been appointed to the role of Executive Vice President.

Commenting on the appointments, Sam Chin, Chairman of the Board, HMD Global Oy said: “Florian has been co-leading HMD Global as President since the start of the company. He is the best choice to be the CEO as he has been instrumental in leading our global operations and taking our first products to over 80 markets in the last few months. We are now entering an exciting growth phase and are delighted to have Florian to lead the team.”

“I am excited to announce Pekka as the Executive Vice President for HMD Global. Pekka has been leading the rejuvenation of the Nokia brand in mobile phones. Now, while continuing on that mission, he will in addition actively support Florian and chart out the next phase of growth for HMD Global.”

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About HMD global

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy is the new home of Nokia phones and tablets. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones targeted at a range of consumers and price points. With a commitment to innovation and quality, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets. Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation. For further information, see