‘Tis the season to be jolly, as the saying goes; but within some of the biggest technology companies, it’s more like the time to be leaving. After Scott Forstall’s departure from Apple at the end of last month following decades of service to the Cupertino company, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky also decided it was time to call it a day at Microsoft, having helped bring the Surface and Windows 8 to market. Now Damien Dinning, head of Nokia’s imaging department, has opted to leave the Finnish company, just weeks after the release of the flagship Lumia 920 on Windows Phone 8.
Thanks to the work of Dinning and his team, Nokia has a reputation for bringing the very best smartphone cameras to market. The likes of the N8, 808 PureView and Lumia 920 may have stolen the show, but even the old N95, with those trademark Carl Zeiss optics, was a cut above the other phone cameras on the market at the time.
Nokia has quite a bit of ground to make up on competitors in the smartphone industry, but ever since Windows Phone 7.x, which saw the likes of the Lumia 800 and 900, Nokia has used the prowess of its camera and imaging technology as a mode of tempting consumers into trying an alternative to iOS and Android.
It has yet to be ascertained what Dinning plans to do next, but having tweeted a few days back how he was "incredibly excited" about something occurring on December 10th (not directly linked to Nokia), maybe we’ll know by then which direction he plans to take. It may be that he has been tapped up by one of the industry’s other big guns, and while companies usually take steps to ensure this does not happen, it certainly cannot be ruled out.
Meanwhile, Nokia released a statement in which they thanked Dinning for his work over the years, and wished him the very best in whichever route he follows from here on in. Having served the company for nine years, he has helped reinvigorate the company’s push in the smartphone industry, and his legacy at Nokia will doubtlessly live on as the Finland-based outfit continues its push on Windows Phone 8.