KO for Finland's OPK, New Canadian Nokia President and CEO from Microsoft, Stephen Elop. Nokia finally gets a Steve!

| September 10, 2010 | Reply

In a live webcast later today, we will hear that Nokia’s CEO and president, Finnish Olli Pekka Kallasvuo is to be replaced by a top Microsoft executive, Canadian Stephen Elops, current Business (Office) Division President. OPK will continue to chair the board of Nokia Siemens Networks.

So, a change up for Nokia World as a new CEO and President is to take the lead on the transformation of Nokia?

Well, Nokia World is 14th and 15th of this month. OPK is not due to leave until the 20th so he may still be a speaking at Nokia World as CEO. Whether Elop will turn up is another thing.


OPK’s ousting and the search for the new Finnish Idol, I mean – Nokia CEO, has been rumoured for quite a while and whilst Nokia denied it, here we are with a brand new guy at the top. For one, I will miss the strong accent, “MOOOLTEMIIDYA COMPYUUTARS” that has echoed on the Nokia show floor. Though for those wanting a more standardized global tone, (especially for North American consumers) Elop may just be that lively, enthusiastic, friendly and charismatic leader and speaker Nokia’s been waiting for. At the very least, least he (and more importantly, Nokia) will seem less of a ‘foreigner’ to North Americans – which (amongst many things) Nokia needs in their attempt to penetrate the US market.

Much respect, OPK. πŸ˜€ Sorry you won’t be around to see your work bear fruit.

Welcome to Nokia Mr Elop. As a side note, we now have a Steve at number one.

Engadget /Cellular News / Press Release

Stephen Elop


Thanks to Cheruki Tarun for the heads up. Damn stupid @NokiaMessaging problem getting me my mails late πŸ™


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  • mja

    Elop’s from M$ so most likely there will be no Android-foolery. Maybe an M-$ handset (hope not!). Give us MeeGo already. Come on!

  • gruik

    It’s a new chance for Nokia. I Just hope that Nokia won’t sell handsets with Windows OS

    • Keith

      They won’t. Nokia = meego and symbian only.
      And btw, dies a Canadian CEO mean that we will get more Nokia’s here in Canada?! I’d be SO happy!
      Also, this could mean better marketting in North America!

      • Keith


  • alex68

    I don\t have any respect to OPK. Since Nokia under his leadership, the value of Nokia stock has dropped 60%. Nokia market shares, earnings, stock price and product portfolios all make me unhappy with him.

  • alex68

    I have waited for this day tooooo long. I am happy I was patient enough and made a good bet.

  • alex68

    Nokia much differentiate itself with others so Nokia is not going to make any android phones for sure.

    For windows 7, it is a good question. But in near future, it is a no answer too.

    • alex68


  • I would have preferred an european ceo…..

  • yougo

    NOKIA should sack opk 3 months after meego phone hits the global market!!!!

    yup. a european ceo will be greeater

    • alex68

      The whole nokia is like a mini-europe which is sluggish and low in efficiency. Nokia desperately needs markets from North america. A North-american background people who is an outsider from Nokia and has management expertise of Nokia’s sized enterprise make a sense to help make the changes to Nokia’s root problems.

  • nocare

    what will opk say in upcoming nokia world?

    Will hefeel embarrassed?

  • alex68

    The time to announce this news is very sensitive. I assume Nokia will have a profit earning for Q3 next week…

    No any money-maker new products for q3. N8 may make a lot of money but for q4 only. And this year no even a penny bonus will be paid for Nokia people working at device division so q3 can be very ugly both earning and market share, but q4 may improve a lot…

  • Jim

    Steve Balmer: “and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role at Nokia.”

  • gruik

    I don’t know if an european CEO would been better but there is one thing is sure: Nokia MUST go back U.S Market! There are the main competitors over there: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Android etc. Everything born in U.S. If they are not there they’ll fail.
    This new CEO have an american vision. It’s good for Nokia and I hope for their employees…

  • Stylinred

    Microsofts Business honcho to head Nokia…. hmm I don’t know about that AT ALL

    Im glad to see a Canuck in the role but Microsofts Business/Office haven’t exactly excelled…

    • alex68

      Gartner analysis said it might not solve the problem of Nokia’s innovation lacking in Nokia’s products, I totally agree…

  • nocare

    is he the guy we saw when nokia partnershiped with microsoft to bring msoffice to symbian?

  • nocare


    i hope nokia stick to symbian and meego just like apple stick to ios,it is the uniqueness that matter most

    the old nokia problems should be fixed
    release the new phone one month after every announcement
    yup, us market and us tech blog can notbeignored

  • Jim

    Nokia press conference (Stephen Elop speaking)

  • Ravi

    I hope that he puts an end to the current Nokia tradition of pushing out non final firmware products and help Nokia achieve new milestones in their software and services division.

  • gruik

    He speaks very well english compare to OPK πŸ˜›

  • nocare

    too late, he is married with some kids!

  • Keith

    Yay! A Canadian CEO! woot woot!

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  • Shmerl

    Meego’s open development is great. I hope this guy will not turn Nokia into second M$, making it all closed. Some people have a set way of thinking, given where he comes from…