Nokia Networks has reshuffled its top team, appointing a new head of customer operations and head of global services, and announced a new contract win in the Channel Islands.

Ashish Chowdhary will step up to lead the customer operations team from 1 January next year, reporting to President and CEO Rajeev Suri.

Chowdhary becomes Chief Business Officer after leaving his EVP for Asia, Middle East and Africa role, where he had responsibility for more than half of the revenues of Nokia's global business.

Suri said: “Ashish has proven his talent and demonstrated strong execution in building customer relationships and delivering on our promises. Given his experience, having led both Customer Operations and Global Services, he is the ideal candidate to develop our worldwide customer facing organisation to suit the global market in which we operate.”

Following the promotion, René Svendsen-Tune, EVP Europe and Latin America, and Ricky Corker, EVP North America, will report to Chowdhary. Svendsen-Tune will then leave the company at the end of the first quarter 2015.

Suri added: “René has been an inspirational leader for this team and the deal momentum he has created will lay the platform for our business in 2015.”

Meanwhile, Eva Elmstedt, Head of Global Services, will leave the company at the end of the year for personal reasons. She will be replaced by Igor Leprince, who is currently SVP and Head of Middle East & Africa.

Leprince will be responsible for a unit that delivers the likes of network implementation and care services to operators.

Suri said: “Igor has a strong track record in specific services businesses and in driving the Networks business as a whole in Middle East and Africa. I am confident he is the right person to take our excellent services business to a position of increased strength.”

[Read more: HERE goes €1.2 billion as Nokia sees Q3 revenues rise]

Meanwhile, Nokia Networks is helping Airtel-Vodafone bring 4G to the Channel Islands, as part of a multimillion pound investment by the operator.

The vendor has won the contract to be the sole supplier of infrastructure and solutions.

Airtel-Vodafone is expecting to launch 4G during the first half of next year, after it has upgraded existing architecture and installing the required new infrastructure.

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