Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will step down as head of the Finnish telecom-equipment maker, the company said Monday. He’ll be replaced by Pekka Lundmark, currently the CEO and president of energy company Fortum. The move comes as Nokia has reportedly struggled to keep up with the global shift to 5G networking technology.
Suri will step down on Aug. 31 but continue to serve as an adviser to Nokia’s board of directors until Jan. 1, 2021. Lundmark is expected to take over as CEO on Sept. 1.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Nokia, an extraordinary company that has so much potential and so many talented people,” Lundmark said in a release. “I am confident that the company is well-positioned for the 5G era and it is my goal to ensure that we meet our commitments to our customers, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders.”
Suri was exploring possible strategic options, including asset sales or mergers, Bloomberg reported last week.in 2014 following . Nokia is currently battling with telecom giants Ericsson and Huawei to provide equipment that powers the build out of next-gen 5G networks around the world. The Finnish company has fallen behind rivals and was