Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Sep 2013 11:44 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Finland is boiling with rage this weekend over the $25 M bonus payment the CEO Stephen Elop is set to receive as he leaves Nokia after his two-year tenure. Questions are now being raised by the oddest aspect of the bonus: the board of Nokia seems to have given Elop a $25 M incentive to sell the handset unit cheaply to Microsoft way back in in 2010. This effectively means that the board hired a man who was given a giant carrot to drive down Nokia's overall valuation and phone volumes while preparing a sale to Microsoft. What could possibly be a reason to structure Elop's original contract in this manner? Did the board in fact end up promising Elop more compensation in case he sells the phone division than if he runs it with modest success?

Vindication. We were right all along.

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RE: Criminal?
by Morgan on Tue 24th Sep 2013 12:10 UTC in reply to "Criminal?"
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It's certainly grounds for an investigation here in the States, but I don't know a thing about Finnish law. I also hope they block it, if nothing else just to see a chance of Nokia escaping from the Windows Phone lock-in and start making innovative phones again. I like WP as an OS, but I always thought Nokia was too good for such an exclusive partnership.

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