Imaging innovator Damian Dinning to leave Nokia

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Damian Dinning, one of Nokia's leading imaging experts and an inspiration to many in the smartphone world, is set to leave Nokia at the end of the month. The news comes in the wake of Nokia's restructuring program, which has seen the closure of a number of offices, and the relocation of a number of strategic roles. It is not surprising that some valuable personnel have had to make some tough decisions about whether to stay with the job, or stay in their home country.

Nokia has released a statement about the news:

Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective November 30, 2012. During the past nine years, he has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business. We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best.

It's important to note that Nokia's imaging team is much larger than just Damian Dinning, though his membership in the company's imaging leadership triumvirate has undoubtedly helped push through some of our favourite devices and technologies over the last decade. Some of the key imaging devices that he's had a hand in creating include the Nokia N93, Nokia N82, Nokia N86, Nokia N8, Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia Lumia 920, but other important contributions include a role in the development of Nokia's EDoF cameras, re-worked camera UIs, and the extension of the imaging experience far beyond the core hardware area. In particular, the impact of the development of the PureView branding, and the thinking and attitudes that underlay it, will be felt for many years, both within Nokia and the industry as a whole.

The All About team, and community, will miss him and we too wish him well for whatever he turns his hand to next.

Here are just some of the stories we covered since 2004 that involve Damian Dinning: