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Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia’s Top Designer, to Leave Company in November

It was easy to miss amid all the big news items that came out as part of the Nokia-Microsoft deal, but Nokia’s top designer is leaving the company.

Marko Ahtisaari

Marko Ahtisaari

Marko Ahtisaari, who has been executive VP of design for Nokia, is leaving to “pursue entrepreneurial opportunities,” Nokia said in one of the many press releases that accompanied the announcement of the Microsoft deal. Ahtisaari will step down from his role as of Nov. 1, and will be replaced by Stefan Pannenbecker.

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