With handset margins shrinking, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) recognizes that much of the next generation of wireless growth resides in mobile applications. In fact, the world's largest handset maker is positioning mobile applications at the center of its efforts to make up ground lost to rivals Apple and Google.
And key to that goal is the leadership of Purnima Kochikar, vice president of Forum Nokia. Kochikar understands that Nokia's success depends on much more than selling wireless devices, and that's why she and her team are trying to make it easier for third-party developers to create innovative and compelling mobile applications for Nokia devices.
Kochikar joined Nokia in 2003 as senior product manager for multimedia solutions in Nokia Mobile Phones, and during her tenure with the Finnish handset maker she has worked in various roles on both the enterprise and consumer side of the business.
Although she has only been in this role for about a year, we expect Kochikar to be very visible in the coming months as she advances the Forum Nokia developer program.