Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo Stands Down: Stephen Elop Appointed
Following a successful but tricky year – with delays to the excellent Nokia N8 causing slight unrest – Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (OPK) is set to step aside, with Microsoft’s Stephen Elop appointed as Nokia President and CEO as of September 21st. To find out more about the shock move, join us after the cut…
Nokia president Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been with Nokia for three decades, and we’ve seen some truly exceptional smartphones that have changed the world in that time. The main man is set to step aside, however, leaving Stephen Elop to steer the good ship Nokia from September 21st.
We’ll be bringing you more on the new President and CEO Stephen Elop later this morning, but with experience of running Microsoft’s Business Division, and a degree in Computer Engineering and Management, Nokia hopes Elop is the right man to drive the company forward. With MeeGo, Symbian ^3 and a host of great devices on the horizon, it’s an exciting time for the company.
Nokia itself has been nothing but complementary about OPK, stating: “The whole Board of Directors joins me in thanking Olli-Pekka for his thirty years at Nokia, during which he has been deeply involved in developing the company and its operations. His dedication and contribution throughout the years has been exceptional. The Board wishes him every success in his future pursuits,” says Jorma Ollila”
Although OPK will leave his current position as President and CEO with immediate effect, he’ll continue in a non-executive capacity, chairing the Board of Nokia Siemens Networks.