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Nokia, Microsoft & Qualcomm: Building a Winning Ecosystem

August 6, 2013

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Nokia, Microsoft & Qualcomm:
Building a Winning Ecosystem

Ideas. Energy. Excitement. Opportunity.The mobile industry has completely changed the way people communicate, and Nokia has contributed its fair share of innovation to this evolution.  Nokia believes technology can help make us more human, so it is focused on connecting people with great mobile products that sense the world. This first ever CommNexus-Nokia Headliner will focus on Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft and Qualcomm and the impact of this strategic relationship on the mobile industry.

The partnership allies three global businesses with complementary assets and competencies to build a winning ecosystem on the Windows Phone platform. The ongoing collaboration has produced an exceptional level of integration between hardware, software and services on the Windows Phone platform. This gives consumers innovative mobile experiences to help them communicate and to see and experience the world around them in new ways.

The Nokia-Microsoft partnership is in its third year, and Qualcomm has powered every Nokia Windows Phone to date, from the first Nokia Lumias announced in 2011 to the most recent devices launched last month. Jo Harlow, Nokia EVP and head of the Smart Devices Business Unit, will share Nokia’s vision for mobile devices in the Windows Phone ecosystem, including their progress and expectations for the future. Following her address, an executive panel will discuss the topic further and will field questions from the audience. Panelists include David Bryant, VP, Nokia Advanced Engineering; Bryan Biniak, VP  and general manager, Nokia Global Partner & Application Development; Qualcomm’s Tim McDonough, VP, Marketing; and moderated by Heikki Norta, VP and general manager, Nokia Connected Devices.

Prior to the main event, join us in the lobby for product demonstrations hosted by Nokia and Qualcomm.


Jo Harlow_image Jo Harlow
EVP and Head of Smart Devices Business Unit, Nokia

Jo Harlow is Nokia’s Executive Vice President in charge of Smart Devices, responsible for the business and product development of Nokia’s smartphones and other high-end devices. She joined Nokia in 2003 and was named to the Nokia Leadership Team in February 2011. Jo reports to the CEO. During her Nokia career, Jo has served as Vice President of Mobile Phones marketing for North America and as Senior Vice President, global Mobile Phones marketing. Before being appointed to her current role in July 2010, she was Senior Vice President of Symbian smartphones, and held various other product management and development roles. Before joining Nokia, Jo held marketing, sales and management roles at Reebok and Procter & Gamble. Jo earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she also captained Duke’s women’s basketball team. Jo was born Oct. 27, 1962, in Kentucky. She is married and in her spare time enjoys travel, sports and exploring new wines


Heikki Norta_image Heikki Norta
VP & General Manager, Connected Devices, Nokia

As of Oct 1st, 2011 Heikki Norta is leading the Connected Devices unit of Nokia. In this capacity Heikki is responsible for building and running the business. Connected Devices is a unit that defines and delivers unique product propositions in adjacent segments to smartphones. Heikki is a frequent speaker in industry forums on topics around strategy and industry evolution.  He holds international patents in communications products and services. He is a 20-year veteran of Nokia. In his previous role as the Senior Vice President for Nokia Strategy, Heikki had the responsibility for the plan of Nokia’s current strategic direction. His responsibilities also included company’s market forecasts, industry analyst relations and competitor intelligence. In a role prior to this Heikki led Lifestyle Product Business unit, with 5 Billion Euro annual sales from music, premium materials and style driven products.
 Tim McDonough_image Tim McDonough
VP, Marketing, Qualcomm

Tim McDonough, vice president of marketing for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, joined Qualcomm in September of 2010 after an eleven year stint with Microsoft where he served in a number of marketing roles, most recently as general manager for the Startup Business Group. Tim’s passions and areas of expertise include product strategy, planning and management, metrics-based marketing, public relations and portfolio management. Tim earned a bachelor’s of science degree in English and Psychology from Middlebury College, which is considered one the U.S.’s top liberal arts colleges.
 Bryan Biniak_image Bryan Biniak
VP and General Manager, Global Partners & Apps Development, Nokia

Bryan currently serves as Vice President & General Manager  at Nokia where he is responsible for the company’s global content strategy, business development, partnerships, integrated marketing, application development and publishing, business programs and investments for Nokia’s Smart Devices, Mobile Phones and Location & Commerce business units.  He was initially recruited into Nokia as Vice President Global Head of Ovi Publish. Bryan served as founder & CEO of Jacked, Inc. a venture-backed start-up that created a multi-patent, synchronous TV to PC interactive RIA WebTop utilizing real-time search and dynamic publishing for NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and NCAA Football and Basketball broadcasts. Jacked was acquired by Roundbox, a mobile television technology company, in March 2010. He served as Senior Vice President & General Manager Interactive at American Greetings Corporation (NYSE) where his team created and published branded content services including Def Jam Mobile, Univision Movil, and Sports Illustrated Mobile as well as Microsoft’s MSN Messenger global content storefronts. He served as COO & EVP of Sales and Marketing for Vivendi Universal’s mobile unit which built and operated content and application publishing platforms for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Rogers, Bell, Telus, Universal Music Group, Sony, IAC, Samsung, and Motorola among others. He served as COO of Premium Wireless Services and YourMobile which was acquired by Vivendi. He was the founder and CEO of backed MusicZone.  He was a member of the founding team and Vice President of Business Development for Harmonix Music Systems – developer of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, which was acquired by Viacom’s MTV Networks. Bryan holds a BA in International Relations, with a concentration in Business & Economics from Boston University.  Bryan currently serves on the board of Seven Arrows Elementary School and the Advisory Board of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. He lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife and three sons.
 _image David Bryant
VP of Advanced Engineering,Nokia

David Bryant is Vice President of Advanced Engineering in the CTO group at Nokia, leading a global team of hardware and software engineers chartered with transforming new concepts, leading-edge technologies, and world-class research into exciting new features and compelling user experiences for Nokia products.  In this role he has also led strategic direction setting in major technology areas on behalf of the CTO organization and across Nokia.  He has over thirty years experience in technology research, all aspects of product development, product marketing, and sales enablement.  Prior to joining Nokia in 2010 Mr. Bryant worked at Sun Microsystems, heading engineering organizations building products ranging from small embedded devices to large enterprise data center software platforms, and also at Bell Laboratories in a variety of advanced research and development roles. He holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.  Mr. Bryant is a life-long hardware and software developer and still finds time to write code and actively participate in the rapidly-growing “Maker” movement.
Todd Brix_image Todd Brix
General Manager, Windows Phone Apps Team, Microsoft Corporation

Todd leads the Windows Phone Apps Team in the Windows Phone Division responsible for running the Windows Phone app store business and operations, developer platform marketing, app business development, MO and OEM partner services and billing, and serving tens of millions of users and 200,000+ registered developers in 191 markets every day.
**This event will SELL OUT. Reserve your seat TODAY!**DATE:
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
– Registration/Reception/Networking
6:15PM – Program Begins
7:45PM – Program Ends

CommNexus Mentor Sponsor Employees Attend FREE!

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Regular Pricing: **(Please pre-register by noon on 8/2/13)**
$45.00 – Pre-Registration
– At-the-Door
– Students & Military


Qualcomm Headquarters
Building N
, Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall

5775 Morehouse Drive,
San Diego, CA 92121






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