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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That would be a good end
by Tractor on Tue 17th Sep 2013 14:20 UTC
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I would personally welcome an MS destruction by Elop mismanagement. This would be a correct ending to the Nokia story.

However, I guess Elop is less stupid than he pretends to be at Nokia. His actions were solely designed to destroy Nokia own ecosystem for the unique benefit of Microsoft. As such, he performed admirably well. I guess he did not gave a damn for stupid European workers. Destroying a Europe based super power is, after all, a good thing for US dominance.

But as MS leader, I'm sure he won't do any of the "mistakes" he deliberately undertaken at Nokia's head. Hence his nuisance will be far less.
Nonetheless, he proved he could destroy a company, he still has to prove he can run one. There's no element that prove this direction, so MS will likely be in trouble under his management.

Which is also why I also believe that, ultimately, he will not be selected. US billionaires are too smart to let someone like him destroy such a money-making company.

But that's too bad. I actually love to dream about the first scenario : Elop at the top management of MS, making every possible mistake, and bringing its employer to its knees.

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