Longtime exec Ricky Corker to leave Nokia

  • Corker is leaving Nokia after 30 years
  • This follows a reorganization at the vendor
  • Corker isn't the only exec that has left recently

Longtime Nokia executive Ricky Corker is leaving the company after more than 30 years and several management positions with the firm.

Corker, who has been Nokia’s Chief Customer Experience Officer for over three years, plans to leave the company at the end of this month as his Customer Experience group is not an autonomous unit at Nokia anymore after a reorganization.

Nokia Ricky Corker (Nokia)


Corker has served as head customer experience officer at Nokia since January 2021. Previously, he was president of North American operations and head of APAC operations. Prior to that he held various positions at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia also announced the appointment of Lorna Gibb, its interim Human Resources Director, on a permanent basis.

Shakeup street

Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark announced plans to embed sales and other go-to-market teams into Nokia’s four separate units – Mobile Networks, IP and Fixed Networks, Cloud and Network Services and Nokia Technologies –  in October 2023. 

The Finnish vendor’s ailing fortunes got further shook up in North America as AT&T went with Ericsson as its radio access network (RAN) supplier in December 2023. AT&T signed a $14 billion, five-year contract with Ericsson and has said that its plan is for 70% of its wireless network traffic to flow across open RAN-capable platforms by late 2026.


This is not the only recent big exit at Nokia. For instance, Shaun McCarthy, former president of North America, left Nokia in February 2024 after just a year and six months on the job. He recently was named president of Spectrum Effect.

No word yet on where Corker will end up.