Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 16th Sep 2013 17:45 UTC
Windows PC Magazine reports that bookies at the Ladbrokes betting service give 1:4 odds that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be the next Microsoft CEO. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg comes in second place with 7:1 odds against, while Steven Sinofsky, previously head of the Windows division, comes in third at 12:1 odds against.

Without intending any disrespect, I can't imagine a worse choice for the next CEO than Mr. Elop. His blind fealty to Windows at Nokia cost the stock an 85% drop on his watch. Microsoft needs new directions and new ideas, not another Windows loyalist.
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RE[2]: Heh
by Nelson on Tue 17th Sep 2013 12:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Heh"
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He drastically cut costs, oversaw the purchase of NSN (who just won huge contracts in China/Russia) for pennies on the dollar, and steered D&S in such a way that gave it implicit Microsoft financial backing.

Elop moving to make Nokia control 80% of the WP market made sure Microsoft couldn't screw them over. Instead they got purchased at 7B euros (more if you factor in platform support payments which as a result of the deal is now pure financial upside, and marketing support).

That move caused a multiweek tear on the stock. Any stockholder that got in around $2 is extremely happy now that its near $6.

Without Elop, Nokia would be like BBRY. Needing a seller without a buyer and destined to be chopped to pieces.

The only regrettable part is that we will never know if Elop's vision would've saved Nokia. Q3 will tell us a lot more, but the historic turnaround in the making won't happen. Microsoft stepped in.

Elop wasn't in a desirable situation when he came to Nokia. Managing Nokia was like jumping out of an airplane and trying to build a parachute while you were falling.

OSNews aside, if he's not CEO of Microsoft, he will at least be part of the SLT (Julie Larson Greene will even report to him) underscoring just how valuable of an executive he is.

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