Nokia fills senior comms position for UK and Ireland

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

Finland.



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

Sundback.



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.



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