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(Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard has hired Ari Jaaksi, a software executive from Nokia, as a Senior Vice President of its new mobile operating system webOS, a spokeswoman for HP said on Friday.

Earlier this month Nokia said Jaaksi, the head of Finnish handset makers key Meego software platform, had decided to leave the company.

Nokia, once the envy of the industry for its global reach and coveted phones, has fallen behind new market entrants Apple, Google and others in the high end of the market.

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki)