This ones should definitely comes as a surprise to everybody who hasn’t seen Damian’s last mysterious tweet a few days ago. Word is that he is now effectively leaving the Finnish mobile giant on November 30th to pursue other responsibilities somewhere else. This obviously should be seen as a disappointment to all Nokia/Windows phone or even the company’ itself given Damian big role in the development of Nokia’s latest imaging technology found in the PureView 808 or the new Lumia 920.
Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective November 30, 2012. During the past nine years, Damian has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business. We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best.
Given that hardware road-maps are laid out years in advance there’s no need to worry about Nokia’s immediate future products and the Imaging team is still full of experienced researchers and talent. Will should know more about Dinning’s future on December 10th (he may have joined ex-Nokia/Meego colleagues at Jolla..).
UPDATE: Damian has posted an official statement just minutes ago over at PureViewClub announcing that he’s leaving Nokia to join Jaguar Land Rover. Nokia is currently moving most of the strategic workforce back to Finland but Damian understandably wishes to stay with his family in the UK so he decided to pursue his other pasion besides photography which is cars. Those of us following him on Twitter know that he spent some quality time with Jaguar a few weeks ago when the company launched its latest car so his move has been in the planning for a little while now it seems. Damian will be leading innovations in the field of Connected Cars.
As reported by a few, the work area I am best known for, imaging, is the result of a huge and massively talented pool of people. I have often felt embarrassed by the media attention I received knowing that whilst I am proud of my own contributions and the forward looking guidance I have strived to provide the teams, there are a lot of unsung heroes!
I have known for some time that I would be leaving Nokia. I’ve spent many many months with this in mind, working with incredibly talented and highly motivated people across various teams building towards the next steps Nokia will take in imaging.