Arun Sudhaman

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Harvard’s Lee Brooke quits for global role at Nokia

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This story is posted to the Holmes Report here

Lee Brooke has quit his role as MD of Bell Pottinger technology arm Harvard PR for a global role with mobile giant Nokia in Finland.

Brooke will depart Harvard and the UK to become global comms director for Nokia’s new mobile solutions group in November, two years after he joined the agency.

He is expected to report to Nokia’s overall head of global comms Arja Suominen. Nokia’s new mobile solutions division oversees its smartphone and mobile computing products, a critical area in which the company is often viewed as having lost ground to rivals such as Apple, RIM and Samsung.

Brooke declined to comment on his move, which is the latest blow for Harvard after it lost its key Vodafone business earlier this year. However, under Brooke’s guidance, the agency has restructured its leadership and won a string of new accounts this year, including Sennheiser and Nvidia.

It is understood that Bell Pottinger will appoint an interim MD of Harvard, and has commenced a search for Brooke’s permanent replacement.

“Lee is moving to Finland to take up an in-house job that represents an ideal career opportunity for him,” said Bell Pottinger CEO Paul Bell, adding that, as far Harvard is concerned, “interim arrangements and future plans are well in hand.”

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Written by Arun Sudhaman

September 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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  1. […] head, Marianne Holmlund. Last year, Nokia made another significant global appointment, naming former Harvard PR MD Lee Brooke to lead comms for its mobile solutions group, which oversees its smartphone and mobile computing […]


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