Nokia's head of technology takes time out

By ln/mr | June 9, 2011 | 8:59 AM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The world's largest handset maker, Nokia Corp., says its head of technology is taking a leave of absence for an unspecified amount of time.

Nokia spokeswoman Paivyt Tallqvist says Chief Technology Officer Richard Green is taking time off "to attend to a personal matter," but wouldn't give more details.

She said Thursday his leave has no impact on the Espoo-based company's product strategy or its timeframes for new launches.

Nokia's head of research centers, Henry Tirri, will be acting CTO during Green's absence.