New Delhi: Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has appointed V Sembian, one of the founding members of the company's Sriperumbudur facility, as the director of the plant.
"Sembian is one of the founding members of the Chennai facility, having worked there since August 2005. He brings great experience to the position, having formerly worked as the Chennai factory head-product and process engineering," a company spokesperson said.
Sembian will succeed Prakash Katama, who has decided to resign as head of the Chennai factory. This plant is one of biggest plants of the Finnish company.
Talking about Katama's future, the spokesperson said that though he has resigned, the company would retain him in a consulting role for a "fixed" period.
"We can confirm that Prakash Katama is leaving the company, but will stay with us in a consultancy role for a fixed period of time. We are grateful for the 14 years that Prakash dedicated to Nokia and wish him well in his future endeavours," the spokesperson said.
Nokia's decision to appoint Sembian as the new head of the Chennai plant comes a day after it offered a voluntary retirement scheme for employees of this facility.
It is to be noted that this plant is at the centre of a tax dispute between Nokia and the Indian government and the Supreme Court has refused to lift a restraint on the sale of Indian assets of the Finnish company, including the plant near Chennai, as part of the deal which Nokia has reached with software giant Microsoft.