Nokia - the world's largest mobile phone company - has handed its
top communications role for the UK and Ireland to Mark Squires.
Squires takes over from David Stoneham as head of corporate
communications in July. He is currently Nokia's UK manager for mobile
phone business development.
On his first move into public relations and communications, Squires
commented: 'I think of it as a good development for my skills-set.'
Stoneham is moving internally to take on the role of global head of
corporate social responsibility (CSR), based at Nokia's headquarters in
The post - which is the first of its kind at Nokia - will include
overseeing the firm's entire CSR remit and communicating with
stakeholders on economic, environmental and social performance.
'This role has come about now because we have seen an increase in
expectations of all different stakeholders from investors to
non-governmental organisations to employees and customers,' said
Stoneham, who will report to Nokia executive vice-president Veli
As UK PR chief, Squires will report to Lauri Kivinen, Nokia's senior
vice-president of corporate communications for EMEA.
'I will help to create a long-term communications strategy and try to
get our media relations to an all-time high,' said Squires. 'I will also
be getting some sponsorship programmes up and running, streamling
internal communications and making sure everyone knows what's going on
internally and externally.'
He added there were no plans to review Nokia's external PR roster.
The Red Consultancy oversees UK PR for Nokia mobile phones, while Grant
Butler Coomber handles Nokia corporate communications, as well as Nokia
networks, internet and home communications.
Nokia's first quarter results - reported last month - held up well
despite signs of an economic downturn, showing total revenue had
outstripped City expectations by seven per cent.