Is Stephen Elop the wrong guy to help resurrect Nokia?

Tue, Sep 14, 2010


Still stuck between plummeting profits and the continued non-existence of a valid iPhone competitor, Nokia last week shook things up when they hired former Microsoft manager Stephen Elop to take over CEO duties from Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.

But is Elop just the man to turn Nokia’s fortunes around? Dan Frommer of Business Insider isn’t buying it. Frommer writes that Elop, a talented manager he might be, is not the product visionary Nokia needs to deliver products that can steal some of the thunder away from the iPhone and the always increasing selection of capable Android devices.

Let’s trace [Elop] through his career: Nothing exciting the last couple years as the Office boss at Microsoft, nothing that consumers would ever care about as COO of Juniper Networks, and then sales functions at Adobe and Macromedia.

Sounds like another suit, and not the dreamer that Nokia needs to beat Apple and Google.


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