Michael heads the Location and Commerce business in Nokia, overseeing Nokia's Location and Navigation activities, including NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of mapping assets.
The Location and Commerce business combines Nokia's global footprint and social location services product portfolio with its NAVTEQ subsidiary's leading mapping assets.
Michael is a recognised authority in the industry.
Prior to joining Nokia in 2006, he held positions at the Boston Consulting Group and at europatweb, the internet investment vehicle of Groupe Arnault, overseeing all technology investments.
In 2001, Michael became CEO of gate5 AG, a leading supplier of mapping, routing and navigation software and services globally. In 2006, gate5 was acquired by Nokia.
Since joining Nokia, Michael has held different senior positions within Nokia's Services organisation. Most recently, he was head of the Product sub-unit in Nokia's Services business, based in Berlin, responsible for integration of all services, including product development, marketing, road mapping and deployment efforts across Nokia.
He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, spending four years at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science.
Swiss born Michael (1964) is married and has two children. Living in Berlin, Germany, he enjoys riding his motorbike, skiing and reading history books in his spare time.