Motorola EMEA chief joins arch rival Nokia

The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has snared one of the top communicators at rival firm Motorola.

Mark Durrant is currently on gardening leave after quitting his post as director of comms, EMEA, at ­Motorola.

He will join Nokia on 18 June as director of comms, strategy and technology, with responsibility for worldwide PR.

‘Nokia is the leader in mobility at the moment, it is a very compelling company,’ Durrant told PRWeek. ‘My challenge will be to position it as the thought leader in the future of the ­industry.’

He will report to vice president of comms Arja Suominen and is relocating to Nokia’s headquarters in Finland, where he will lead a team of ten.

Durrant quits Motorola after nine years with the company, the last six of which he held the role of ­director of comms, EMEA. He reported into New York City-based senior ­director of external relations Jennifer Erickson.

Durrant denied leaving Motorola because of its recent financial malaise. The company reported a $180m loss for the first quarter of this year.

He said: ‘It is no secret that Motorola has had an eventful few months but this is not a long-term issue. It does not have a difficult outlook and this is not the rationale for the move.’

His departure comes just one month after that of his deputy Chris Bignell, who quit to set up his own consultancy (PRWeek, 27 April).

Bignell was comms and PA manager.

SEPARATELY... Nokia has put its UK PR brief up for grabs. It is understood that at least three agencies have been shortlisted. Grant Butler Coomber (corporate and CSR) and The Red Consultancy (consumer and technology) are the incumbents.

It is not yet known if Nokia wants to appoint a number of agencies or consolidate the brief.

UK PR is led by director of corporate comms Mark Squires, who declined to comment.

Nokia’s business is divided into four categories: its research centre, the Strategic Organisation, Nokia Ventures, and Forum Nokia.

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