Espoo, Finland – February 19, 2013
Nokia Siemens Networks appoints Samih Elhage as CFO
Nokia Siemens Networks has appointed Samih Elhage as its chief financial officer. Elhage, who was previously the company’s chief operating officer, will continue to report to CEO Rajeev Suri as a member of the company’s Executive Board. Elhage replaces Marco Schroeter, who leaves Nokia Siemens Networks with immediate effect.
“Samih has made significant contributions in his role as chief operating officer and is well prepared to step into the role of CFO,” said Suri. “He has deep commercial skills and a strong command of company financials – competencies built over the years as an operating executive at Nortel and as a senior advisor to leading private equity and global management consulting firms.”
Elhage joined Nokia Siemens Networks in March 2012. He has been instrumental in driving the company’s restructuring: strengthening operational efficiency; improving performance management; and enhancing accountability and discipline at all levels of the company. With Elhage’s move to become CFO, the chief operating officer role will be discontinued.
Elhage has more than 23 years of telecommunications experience in both financial and operational roles. Immediately prior to joining Nokia Siemens Networks, he served as a senior advisor to leading private equity and global management consulting firms, focusing on investments and improving the operating performance of companies in the telecommunications sector. Prior to these advisory positions, until August 2010, Elhage held a number of leadership roles at Nortel, including president of Carrier Voice over IP and Applications Solutions, and vice president of Corporate Business Operations.
Marco Schroeter, who joined the company in March 2011, was part of the team leading the successful restructuring of Nokia Siemens Networks. “Marco played a key role in stabilizing our financial situation and delivering our recent, very strong, financial performance,” said Suri. “He has my thanks for all his contributions and I wish him well in the next steps of his career.”
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.
With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 100 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.8 billion euros in 2012. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com