Leo McKay is the new Nokia South East Africa Communications lead. Leo is the former South Africa Head of Communications and has grown in ranks within Nokia from 2008. Part of his engagement at Nokia in Espoo involved being part of the press team.
Leo replaces Delia Sieff who is now the Communications Head in the bigger region of Middle East and Africa. Delia Sieff has been Communications Lead for the South East Africa region from early 2012 when Nokia downsized the Nairobi office, laying off much of the labour-force in the Nairobi Office and moved most of the operations to South Africa office.
According to Nokia East Africa PR HK Strategies, Nokia channels remain even with the recent changes that will see Microsoft acquire Nokia Devices and Services segment and not much change in how things are done will be noticed.
See below Press release:
Nokia appoints Leo McKay as head of communications for South East Africa
Nairobi, January 13, 2014… Nokia today announced the appointment of Leo McKay as the head of communications for Nokia South East Africa.
McKay will lead communications efforts for Nokia across South and East Africa, working in a team responsible for marketing, digital marketing, public relations and social media for the leading mobile phone company, and one of the leading brands, in the region. Prior to this role, McKay managed communications for Nokia in South Africa.
“Leo has a great deal of experience at Nokia, both in Africa and globally,” said Gerard Brandjes, vice-president for Nokia in South East Africa. “He is a trusted advisor, a respected leader among colleagues and I am delighted to see him in this role.”
McKay started his career at Nokia in 2008 at the company’s Espoo headquarters. He handled a number of assignments while working in Finland, the last of which being in Nokia’s global press team as the head of global media strategy. McKay worked with many of the world’s most influential media and played a leading role in large scale global events and product launches. McKay also worked on the company’s financial communications around quarterly and annual results, did a large amount of executive speech writing for senior company executives, and served as an official spokesperson.
Prior to joining Nokia, Leo was a Vice-President at one of South African’s leading public relations agencies, FleishmanHillard.
McKay will be replacing Delia Sieff who has been promoted to head communications for Nokia in the Middle East and Africa.
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia