The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) has conferred its prestigious annual Leadership Award upon Eero Salmelin, Head of Imaging at Nokia. I3A's Chairman Daryl Hunt of the Eastman Kodak Company made the presentation during a webconference held today. Mr. Salmelin will receive an engraved crystal captain's decanter, symbolizing leadership.
Presented annually for two decades, I3A's Leadership Award each year recognizes one individual in the international imaging community who has exhibited the exemplary qualities and innovative vision of a leader. Recent recipients of the award include Shantanu Narayen of Adobe (2010), Atsushi Kodera of Kyocera Sanyo Telecom, Inc. (2009); Makoto Kimura of the Nikon Imaging Company (2008); Antonio Perez of Kodak (2007); and Fumio Iwai of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (2006).
"Eero Salmelin is an exemplary recipient of the I3A Leadership Award," said I3A President Lisa Walker. "His vision and leadership during the past decade have made a significant impact on the mobile imaging industry. During this time, the industry has grown from insignificance to one that touches the lives of billions of people around the planet daily. It's no exaggeration to say that Nokia and Eero's work there pushed the capabilities of mobile imaging and helped bring a camera into almost every pocket. I3A has been fortunate to have his contributions to our Camera Phone Image Quality Initiative."
"During my career at Nokia so far, there have been huge technological challenges as well as challenges in manufacturing camera components in volumes never before possible," said Salmelin. "I have had the privilege to lead a team of professionals with endless new ideas and innovations that has also had the ability to turn the ideas into products. We are still just in the beginning of the mobile imaging journey, and I believe the greatest innovations are still to come. Working on the CPIQ initiative has enabled us to strengthen our understanding of image quality and has given us new perspectives. I am grateful to I3A for that opportunity, and especially for the honor of this award."
Salmelin got his first camera at the age of four. When he joined Nokia as a camera design engineer in 1999, he was soon offered the possibility of doing a Master's thesis on the then-crazy idea of putting a camera into a mobile phone. His tenure at Nokia began with developing the first camera modules for mobile phones, and eventually included responsibility for all the company's camera solutions. During this time, Nokia became the largest camera manufacturer (in volume) in the world, shipping more than two billion camera components to consumers inside Nokia products.
In addition to the huge volume, Nokia has brought a continuous stream of products to the market, extending the reach of mobile imaging. The company's high-end devices, developed under Salmelin's leadership, have pushed the boundaries of image quality (more than merely increasing megapixels), making his early dream of capturing great images and video with a device that is always with you a reality.
After holding several positions of increasing scope within Nokia's camera-related business units, including serving as project manager for the first megapixel camera and as Director of Symbian camera solutions, in 2011 Salmelin was appointed Director, Head of Imaging. In this role he is responsible for leading the development of camera hardware and imaging software for the company, in its Windows Phone organization.