If you have more than a passing familiarity with Nokia's imaging heritage you'll have heard of Damian Dinning, a name commonly prefixed with the words “Nokia imaging guru”.
Well sadly those days are numbered, as the man who has driven all of Nokia's recent cameraphone successes, including the remarkable Nokia 808 PureView and the Lumia 920, is leaving the company at the end of the month.
The news comes to us via Amateur Photographer, with the site first to get its hands on a statement from Nokia itself which explains Dinning's shock departure.
“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 30 November 2012,” the statement reads.
“During the past nine years, [Damian] 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.”
Dinning joined Nokia in 2004 having previously held key positions at Minolta and Kodak, and has influence shone through in a succession of class-leading cameraphones, including the Nokia N86, the Nokia N8 and the showstopper at this year's Mobile World Congress, the Nokia 808 PureView.
Dinning was also the point man in developing Nokia's strong working relationship with Carl Zeiss, and oversaw the transition of the company's imaging division to the Windows Phone ecosystem, culminating in the announcement of the Lumia 920 in September.
Those achievements came through the hard work and talent of more than just one individual, of course, but the depth of Dinning's involvement in all things imaging-related at Nokia shone through in just how many in-depth documents and detailed explanations his name has appeared against over the past couple of years explaining the nuts and bolts of how Nokia's leading cameraphones work.
A sore blow to Nokia indeed, and a man that won't be easy to replace.