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Angry Birds' Rovio appoints Pekka Rantala as new boss

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There's a new chief Angry Bird.

As chief executive of Finland's Rovio Entertainment for the past five years, Mikael Hed has helped turn a smartphone game about colourful, but furious, feathered projectiles into a global hit - there's even a big budget movie (yes really) set to be released in 2016.

Now Hed is stepping down, Rovio announced today, and will be replaced in January by former Nokia exec Pekka Rantala, who moved to Rovio earlier this year.

“It has been an amazing ride and in the coming months I will be very happy to pass the hoodie to Pekka Rantala, who will take Rovio to the next level," said Hed. Rantala has a bit of a job on his hands - last year Rovio managed revenues growth of just 2.5 per cent.