Michael Halbherr (pictured), CEO of Here – Nokia’s digital maps division – has resigned. It’s a sudden departure as he only took over the helm on 1 July.

Nokia, in a statement, said he stepped down “in order to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests outside of the company”.

Halbherr also gives up his role as member of the Nokia group leadership team. He officially severs his Nokia connections on 1 September.

Cliff Fox, SVP of Here’s core map group, will step into the breach until a permanent successor to Halbherr is found. Nokia says the search begins immediately, both within the organisation and externally.

Halbherr has been with Nokia since 2006, most recently leading the product unit in Nokia’s services business based in Berlin.

Prior to joining Nokia he worked for the Boston Consulting Group and at europatweb, the Internet investment vehicle of Groupe Arnault, where he oversaw all technology investments.