Armando Almeida has been appointed to lead the Global Services business at Nokia Siemens Networks, effective January 1, 2011. He will join the company’s executive board and be based in Espoo, Finland. Almeida is currently responsible for sales and operations for the company in Latin America.
“Armando has a strong record of delivering results and deep experience in services,” said Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer, Nokia Siemens Networks. “He takes over a business that has grown steadily under Ashish Chowdhary’s leadership and I am confident he is the right person to build on that momentum.”
As announced* on September 16, 2010, Ashish Chowdhary, the current head of Global Services, is moving to a newly created position: head of Customer Operations East. In this role, Chowdhary will lead the company’s customer and business operations across India, Asia Pacific, Japan, Greater China and the Middle East. Chowdhary will continue to be a member of the executive board.
Almeida has many years of international experience in the telecoms and IT industries gained at a number of companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Compaq. He joined Nokia Networks in May 2005.
Almeida holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. A Portuguese citizen, he has lived and worked on four continents. He is married and has five children.**
The company will appoint a successor to lead sales and operations in Latin America in due course.