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Arto Nummela in surprise departure from HMD Global

The CEO of HMD Global has resigned, with Arto Nummela leaving the Finnish company with immediate effect. The resignation comes at a busy time for HMD, which owns the rights to Nokia phones.

Earlier this year HMD announced the return of Nokia as a global phone maker, with a portfolio of three Android smartphones alongside a revived Nokia 3310. HMD is currently in the middle of launching those devices internationally, with sales starting in a number of European countries and the United States.

A major announcement from is also due imminently. While HMD’s first handsets offered relatively modest specs, the company is thought to be on the verge of unveiling a flagship Android smartphone.

Florian Seiche, HMD president, will replace Nummela, taking on the role of acting CEO.

HMD has refused to be drawn on the reason behind Nummela’s departure. A statement released to declared:

“This is a personal matter for Arto and the Board. The business has got off to a fantastic start and we are pleased with the progress of our new start up.”