Jolla makes another CEO change ahead of Sailfish OS launch


Jolla has appointed Tomi Pienimäki as its new CEO as the Finnish startup approaches the commercial launch of its Sailfish mobile operating system.

Pienimäki previously served as CIO of Nordic logistics operator Itella Corporation, gaining experience in business management and steering large technology organizations. In his new role at Jolla, he replaces Marc Dillon, who was appointed CEO in October 2012 as a replacement for original CEO Jussi Hurmola, who stepped down to focus on strategy and a role on the Jolla board of directors. Dillon will now serve as Jolla's Head of Software Development.

Sailfish, first announced in late 2011, is based on the open-source MeeGo platform, which combined Nokia's (NYSE:NOK) former Maemo platform with Intel's erstwhile Moblin efforts. Jolla has raised $258 million from a variety of telecommunications industry players to launch Sailfish, and it will distribute the OS to device manufacturers free of charge, generating revenue by licensing proprietary software features and from intellectual property rights.

Jolla plans to showcase its first Sailfish device later this month, followed by pre-sale options--actual sales are slated to begin in the second half of 2013. Finnish operator DNA has signed on to sell and market Sailfish smartphones, and Jolla has said that other carrier deals are in the pipeline as well. Jolla has also launched the Sailfish Alliance, which unites OEM and ODM manufacturers, chipset providers, operators, application developers and retailers.

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