Nokia’s mapping business head leaves position

Nokia’s mapping business head Michael Halbherr has left his position after questions over strategy over the unit.

The future of the Here, Nokia’s key supplier for mapping and location services, has come under question following Nokia’s sale of its handset business to Microsoft.

Halbherr, chief executive of Here, will leave the company next month to be replaced by Cliff Fox, presently the company’s senior VP for the core map group on a temporary basis.

Here operates independently from Nokia and is focussed widely on providing telecoms network equipment, and its future is now in doubt following the departure.

Halbherr has left the company to pursue his own entrepreneurial activities.

According to sources close to the Financial Times, the business could now be sold or spun off from Nokia, and Rajeev Suri, Nokia’s chief executive has also got involved over the unit’s strategy.

Suri has reportedly said that Here was still an “important part of Nokia” and the company “will continue to make the right near term investment”.

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