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Nokia’s Jo Harlow 7th Most Influential Woman in Wireless.

| July 29, 2011 | 9 Replies

Stephen Elop tweets in that Nokia’s chief of Smart Devices, Jo Harlow has been named as the 7th Most Influential Women in Wireless for 2011 by Fierce Wireless.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/special-reports/2011-most-influential-women-wireless/7-jo-harlow-executive-vice-president-smart-devi

FierceWireless notes that Harlow has been at Nokia since 2003. In 2009 she was put in charge  of the smartphones unit and in 2010 was head of Symbian Smartphones (with Alberto Torres, who left on Feb11, head of MeeGo). Harlow continues on as EVP of Smart Devices (not just phones) and is a member of Stephen Elop’s new Nokia Leadership Team.

Harlow has been most recently at the forefront of the Windows Phone transition. Harlow has famously said (well, amongst Symbian fans) that it was much easier to go with Windows Phone than continue on with Symbian and was present with Stephen Elop at MWC to suggest strong possibility of Nokia’s first Windows Phone coming out by 2011. I also remember Harlow’s post at Nokia Conversations back in November, titled, “Long Live Symbian” – “Make no mistake, Nokia chooses Symbian.”. Oh how times change.

Jo Harlow has a lot on her plate. She must deliver the first Windows Phones on time and ensure the steady releases Windows Phone devices in 2012 (with at least one having flagship worth status) because Windows Phone is Nokia’s Primary Smartphone platform (note PRIMARY meaning others will still exist, and are also important).

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Other women at the top at Nokia:

  • Dame Marjorie Scardino, Vice Chairman of the board (also CEO of Pearson PLC)
  • Jerri DeVard, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer,  member of the Nokia Leadership Team.
  • Louise Pentland, EVP, Chief Legal Officer,  member of the Nokia Leadership Team.
  • Mary McDowell, EVP, Mobile Phones,  member of the Nokia Leadership Team.

Here’s the list of the  top 15. Annoyingly, one step above at number 6 is HTC’s co-founder and chairwoman, Cher Wang.

1. Kris Rinne, senior vice president, architecture and planning, AT&T 

2. Marni Walden, vice president, chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless 

3. Vonya McCann, senior vice president, government affairs, Sprint Nextel 

4. Hope Cochran, CFO, Clearwire 

5. Mary Dillon, President and CEO, U.S. Cellular 

6. Cher Wang, co-founder, chairwoman, HTC 

7. Jo Harlow, executive vice president, smart devices, Nokia – 2011 Most Influential Women in Wireless

8. Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president, software and services product management, Motorola Mobility 

9. Laura Chambers, general manager of mobile, PayPal 

10. Stephanie Tilenius, vice president of commerce and payments, Google 

11. Padmasree Warrior, CTO, Cisco 

12. Rima Qureshi, senior vice president, head of CDMA, Ericsson

13. Peggy Johnson, EVP and president of global market development, Qualcomm 

14. Kathleen O’Brien Ham, VP, federal regulatory affairs, T-Mobile USA 

15. Heidi Lehman, CEO, founder, MoxieQ 

SOURCE: fiercewireless.com via @selop via @min108

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