By Gautham Nagesh - 09/13/10 02:27 PM EDT
Another top executive at Nokia announced he would be leaving after the Finnish mobile phone maker announced last week Microsoft's Stephen Elop will be taking over as chief executive.
Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia's mobile solutions business, announced his resignation from the company on Monday. Vanjoki had previously been seen as a potential successor to outgoing CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who will be replaced by Elop on Sept. 21. Elop, a Canadian citizen, will be the company's first non-Finnish CEO.
Vanjoki will remain with Nokia for six months. He has drawn criticism as Nokia lost ground to rivals such as Apple and phones powered by Google's Android operating system in the market for high-end smartphones. Nokia has also pledged to make North America a priority, as it is currently the company's worst performer.