Ari Jaaksi, Nokia’s VP Incharge Of MeeGo Devices Quits

The heads just keep rolling at Nokia. After OPK and Anssi Vanjoki, Ari Jaaksi becomes the latest of Nokia’s top brass to leave the company. Ari Jaaksi was the VP incharge of Nokia’s MeeGo devices and had been at Nokia since 1998. Since 2003, he had been working on the Linux-based Maemo OS that first powered Nokia’s Internet tablet devices and then the N900.

Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's VP Incharge Of MeeGo Devices Quits

According to Nokia spokesperson Tapani Kaskinen, Jaaksi’s resignation won’t affect MeeGo’s rollout with the first device still expected before the end of the year. The move does come as a huge surprise, specially when the results of the years of hardwork are just about to come out with the N9. Reports suggest that his departure has nothing to do with the change in management. One reason could be creative differences between Peter Skillman and him, the ex-palm man that Nokia’s hired to make the MeeGo UI awesome (pure speculation). The point is that we may never know the real reasons for his departure, but the timing sure shocks.

Change is good, but not when the entire old guard leaves.

Hit tip to @mwkn.

7 thoughts on “Ari Jaaksi, Nokia’s VP Incharge Of MeeGo Devices Quits”

  1. Is the Peter Skillman reference pure supposition? Has there been any evidence that Ari Jaaksi disagrees with Skillman (especially since he would’ve had a veto on the hiring anyway, AFAICT)?

  2. Pure speculation, I’ve added this fact to the post to make the point more clear. I’m trying to think aloud, hunt for reasons. Anyway, what you say makes sense, but sometime things don’t go the way they’re supposed to.

  3. Speculation is never good; but it strikes me that it could be avoided through better clarity around Nokia’s announcement?

    I guess we’ll all be wondering a little until we see the fruits of Meego and the mysterious N9 🙂

  4. Ari Jaaksi is a OS death angel, first was Meego and now webOS, he should join iOS or Android next hehe

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