Since April 2014, as Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, Rajeev has been the driving force behind Nokia’s recent transformation, including its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, its successful expansion into enterprise vertical markets, the creation of a standalone software business, and the return of the Nokia brand to mobile phones. In his previous role as CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks he also delivered a complete turnaround, increasing the value of the company from approximately €1 billion to more than €10 billion.
In his more than 28 years of international experience Rajeev has developed deep expertise across a range of technology areas that will be critical in the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including telecommunication networks and devices, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, digital health, big data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, enterprise digitalization, and internet business models. He has held senior business roles leading major Nokia accounts and various business units and regions. He has rich business experience working across a range of functions including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product marketing, sales, account leadership, and regional and business unit leadership. As a successful global leader, he has lived in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
With broad global experience, Rajeev is a commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission, as well as a member of the Digital Communications Industry steering committee and the stewardship board of the Health and Healthcare System Initiative at the World Economic Forum.
Rajeev holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electronics and Communications) from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. Rajeev was born in India in 1967, went on to become a Singaporean citizen, and is based in Espoo, Finland.
Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission.
Member of the Digital Communications Industry steering committee and the stewardship board of the Health and Healthcare System Initiative at the World Economic Forum.
Named Finland’s “Business Leader of the Year 2017” by Kauppalehti.
Included in the “2016 All-Europe Executive Team – Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor.
Recipient of the Marco Polo Award in China in recognition of Nokia’s friendship with China.
Holds an honorary doctorate from Manipal University, India.