HERE today announces that Michael Halbherr is to step down as CEO of the company on September 1, 2014.
Michael, who first joined Nokia in 2006 and has led HERE since its formation two years ago, has decided to leave the company in order to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests.
The parent company of HERE, Nokia, will now begin a search for a new leader of HERE both inside and outside the organization. In the meantime, when Michael leaves he will hand over the reins to Cliff Fox, currently Senior Vice President of Core Map Group at HERE, who will assume the position of acting head.
"It has been a pleasure and honor to work with remarkable and smart people during my time at Nokia and HERE," said Michael, who joined Nokia after the Finnish group acquired his Berlin-based location software company Gate5 in 2006.
He added: "I am proud that we have been able to create a leading location cloud company widely recognized across industries, by customers and by opinion leaders. Now the time is right for me to focus once again on entrepreneurial activities. I wish the team the best of success for the future."
Rajeev Suri, Nokia’s President and CEO, said: "I would like to thank Michael for his leadership, passion and achievements during his eight years with Nokia. He has played a key role in making HERE one of the strongest players in its sector, with a depth and breadth that is unique. He leaves with my best wishes and the gratitude of all of Nokia."