On Wednesday, Nokia announced that Michael Halbherr had decided to step down as CEO of HERE, a Nokia company that offers navigation, mapping and location experiences by combining highly accurate and fresh maps with cloud technology to enable rich, real-time location experiences in a broad range of connected devices – from smartphones and tablets to wearables and vehicles.
The move which will be effective as from September 1, 2014 will see Halbherr also leave Nokia Group Leadership Teamin order to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests outside of the company.
“I would like to thank Michael for his leadership, passion and achievements during his eight years with Nokia,” said Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia. “He has played a key role in making HERE one of the strongest players in its sector, with a depth and breadth that is unique. He leaves with my best wishes and the gratitude of all of Nokia.”
Cliff Fox, currently Senior Vice President, Core Map Group, at HERE, will assume the position of acting head of HERE, effective September 1, 2014. A search for a permanent leader of HERE will start immediately inside and outside the organization.
Michael Halbherr said: “It has been a pleasure and honor to work with remarkable and smart people during my time at Nokia and HERE. I am proud that we have been able to create a leading location cloud company widely recognized across industries, by customers and by opinion leaders. Now the time is right for me to focus once again on entrepreneurial activities. I wish the team the best of success for the future.”