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Nokia announced this week that its chief operating officer will leave the Finnish telecom giant less than nine months after her promotion to the position.

The company appointed Monika Maurer, who previously led its fixed networks division, COO in April as part of a broader leadership reorganization. On Monday, officials announced that Maurer would stay on during a transition period before departing "to pursue new opportunities outside the company."

Joerg Erlemeier, formerly the SVP of Nokia Transformation, was appointed COO effective Monday.

"I want to thank Monika for her contributions to Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent before that," Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri said in a statement. "I warmly welcome Joerg to the [Group Leadership Team] and look forward to working together to further strengthen our disciplined operating model."

Once the dominant company in the early mobile phone market, Nokia shifted to an emphasis on radio and network technology — a segment that, Reuters noted, struggled with sluggish demand of late as companies anticipate deploying 5G networks in coming years.

Maurer is the first departure from the leadership team announced April 1; the company added Gregory Lee, formerly Samsung Electronics' North American chief, to the GLT in June.

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