Who is Rajeev Suri?
Born in 1967 in India, Suri was raised in Kuwait for much of his life. After finishing his schooling, Suri went to the Manipal Institute of Technology, as part of the 1989 batch. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is also an alumnus of MIT, and according to a report in The Hindu, the Pro Chancellor of Manipal University wants to honour both men with doctorates.
After completing his Bachelors in Engineering in Electronics and Telecom, Suri would move between the Churchgate Group in Nigeria, the RPG Group, and ICL (India). He served as Production Engineer at Calcom Electronics right after college, but after that joined the RPG in a management role, working in corporate business development for new ventures and strategic planning. At ICL too, his role was involved with strategic planning.
In 1995, Suri joined the Nokia group, where he has been working ever since. In this time, he held multiple roles, including heading a services hub in India, heading Asia Pacific operations from April 2007 till November 2007, and working in roles across business development, marketing, sales and strategy, from India, Finland, the United Kingdom and Singapore.
Ready for the top job?
A quick read through Suri's experience shows a man who has worked in a number of diverse scenarios, and been deeply involved in strategic planning. Probably the reason he's been named as the CEO though is the work that he has done with the NSN, which is seen as one of the biggest turnarounds in the technology industry.
Suri took over as the head of NSN in October 2009, and two years later, announced that the company was going to eliminate 17,000 jobs, to refocus on mobile broadband equipment. Laying off 23 percent of the workforce was a drastic move, but one that paid off.
With NSN forming the bulk of Nokia that we know today, who better than the man who turned NSN around to head the company?