Almost exactly two years to the day after joining as president of Nokia Technologies, Ramzi Haidamus is leaving the company, with his new destination unknown.
Haidamus is credited with making sense of Nokia’s mixed bag of intellectual property assets. He is stepping down from his post on 1 September but will stay with the company until the end of the month to ensure a smooth transition.
Brad Rodrigues, currently head of strategy and business development, will assume the role of acting president, while the search goes on for a permanent successor.
Haidamus claimed “a collection of interesting assets” at Nokia Technologies had been transformed into “a focused, growing and profitable” business over the past two years.
“Given that progress, now is the right time for me to explore new opportunities to pursue my passion for building and transforming businesses,” he added.
His background is in tech licensing, primarily with Dolby Laboratories where he spent 17 years.
Among his achievements, Haidamus oversaw a brand licensing deal with HMD Global that will see Nokia’s name back on devices, as well as the launch of the OZO virtual reality camera and a move into digital health with the acquisition of French firm Withings.
In an interview with Venturebeat published just ten days ago, Haidamus did not seem like a man about to quit his job.
“The name of the game right now is focus,” he said. “Focus, focus, focus. We now have 1,000 people and four businesses (including brand and patent licensing). We’re not considering a fifth right now.”
However, when pressed about Nokia Technologies’ significant resources, he responded: “Anything is possible”. It appears someone else other than Haidamus will exploit those possibilities.