Nokia Announces Appointment of New Chief Strategy Officer

  • Nokia’s new chief strategy officer said that she will be helping Nokia realise full potential of 5G
  • She was earlier associated with Ericsson for more than 10 years
Gabriela Styf Sjöman

Nokia today announced the appointment of Gabriela Styf Sjoman as chief strategy officer and member of the group leadership team, effective 1 December 2019. Gabriela succeeds Kathrin Buvac as chief strategy officer, who continues in the role of President of Nokia Enterprise and member of the Group Leadership Team.

Gabriela joins Nokia from Telia Company in Sweden, where she has held positions including deputy head of Global Services and Operations and head of Group Networks, and most recently VP and head of Group Network Services and Operations. In that role she was responsible for technology strategy, architecture, design, delivery and operations for fixed and mobile networks, as well as strategy execution for 5G Readiness for Telia Company Nordics and Baltics.

Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia, said, “We are delighted to welcome Gabroela to Nokia at a pivotal moment in our 5G journey. She brings a wealth of international knowledge and a deep understanding of our industry, its customers and technologies. Her insight will be critical in refining our strategy for the future. I also want to thank Kathrin, who has continued to lead our strategy organization in addition to her role as President of Nokia Enterprise since January this year.”

Nokia’s 5G journey

“I am excited to join Nokia at such a pivotal time,” said Gabriela. She added, “With its broad portfolio and innovative technology, Nokia is well positioned to help its customers realize the full potential of 5G, and I look forward to being part of further strengthening Nokia in this 5G journey.”

Before joining Telia Company in 2017, Gabriela spent two years with Telecom Italia in Rome as VP, Engineering and Telecom Italia Group Labs, following more than ten years at Ericsson in a variety of senior roles in China, Germany and the US.

Gabriela is multicultural with a Mexican mother and a Swedish father. Having grown up in Mexico, the US, the former Czechoslovakia and Sweden, she studied Basic Law, Political Science and International Relations at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and holds an MBA from Durham University, UK. Gabriela will be based in Espoo, Finland and will report to President and Chief Executive Officer, Rajeev Suri.

With this appointment, Nokia’s Group Leadership Team will consist of the following members: Rajeev Suri, Nassib Abou-Khalil, Basil Alwan, Hans-Juergen Bill, Kathrin Buvac, Ricky Corker, Joerg Erlemeier, Barry French, Sanjay Goel, Bhaskar Gorti, Federico Guillén, Jenni Lukander, Sandra Motley, Kristian Pullola, Sri Reddy, Gabriela Styf Sjöman, Tommi Uitto and Marcus Weldon.