Nokia names Czech national as new PH chief

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[/caption] In a press statement on Monday, March 18, Nokia announced the appointment of Karel Holub as its new general manager in the Philippines. He will replace South African native Dharmesh Goshalia, ?who chose to move back to Greece for personal reasons?, according to Nokia. Goshalia?s stint may have been the shortest in the history of Nokia Philippines, after being appointed in January 2012. The tour of duty of most Nokia country managers, who were treated as rock stars during Nokia?s heydays, usually lasts from three to five years. Holub has been in the telecommunications industry for 16 years, eight of which he spent at Nokia. Nokia said he has ?worked with developers, operators, distributors and retailers.? He also ?has a solid background in tactical planning for promotions and retail merchandising, including marketing communication and delivery of strategic messages across all touch points.? Prior to his latest assignment, Holub was the general manager for South CIS countries based in Kazakhstan, where he handled the Nokia mobile phone operations in the emerging markets of Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia. Besides Nokia, Holub has also worked at Mobil.cz, Celadon Group, GOOGGI/Digitania Czech Republic and Vodafone Czech Republic. His appointment coincides with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone in the Philippines and the announcement of Smart Communications as exclusive partner to carry Nokia?s high-end smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 920, which is available in red, yellow, white, and black colors, is being sold in Nokia stores for P26,990. It will also be offered exclusively to Smart subscribers soon, the company said. ]]>

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