If one looks into Elop's bio, it becomes obvious and evident that his track record makes him uniquely predestined to replace Ballmer as new MS CEO. The expertise he gained in a sphere of Mobile devises design, manufacturing and marketing as a CEO of Nokia makes him even more qualified to deal with the contemporary and future challenges Microsoft faces. I'm convinced he will make a great MS CEO, this company needs so urgently.
Elop's career hinges on his time at Macromedia. Then he ran Microsoft Office division successfully. He then got great training for mobile industry at Nokia. AND he did a smashing job of lowering Nokia's stock price dramatically during his 2.5 year tenure at Nokia. He saved billions and billions of dollars for Microsoft. And.....
Elop was 8th biggest shareholder of Microsoft when he left Microsoft. This guy is brilliant. He tricked Nokia board like no one else could do. What choice Nokia has now? It's amazing.
Elop was apparently the lynchpin of Ballmer's plan to take over Nokia. But when everything was ready, Microsoft got cold feet. Then Ballmer was kicked out.
My guess is Bill Gates vetoed the Nokia takeover and plans a major course change. If Microsoft drops the money losing Windows Phone, what is left for Nokia to do?
and of course long line, incredible Lumia devices in all price points loaded with revolutionary innovations and the best cameras, imaging and audio systems. How about extremely successful NSN buyout. My friend, is it enough accomplishments for you ?...
What track record of proven sucess and shareholder value creation does Elpp have? None as far as I can tell. Only ceo role prior to Nokia was macromedia for three months. At nokia shareholders have lost 16billion in value under Elop. He has been a total disaster other than some cost cutting.
I agree with you zutko118, Sure if MSFT wants be a device company then Elop is on the list. And he has the right background, seniority and class. Let's see, it will mean a lot about Nokia's future if this happens. Fingers crossed.
If Elop/Nokia introduce a 10.1" RT Tablet, why would the MSFT board want to hire him? He's making the same mistake Ballmer did. Until other significant software applications are ported to RT an RT Tablet is dead on arrival.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
I agree with you and as a long term shareholder I am not pleased with the RT tablet idea.
BECAUSE. IT. IS. STUPID.
Every thing else I am pleased with, even the NSN buyout (heck of a deal), product lineup except this bluudy tablet.
I agree. He has quite a diverse background and now his stint at Nokia gives him hardware exposure which he did not have with his earlier assignments. Also, BOD and key MSFT execs -- besides Ballmer -- got to see him in action when they were in negotiation over the D&S division... (The fact that he did not cave in to MSFT gives shows his chops...) If Elop goes to MSFT, Nokia buyout will be in the cards.. Alas, until the deal is done with Elop, Nokia stock is going to remain under pressure...
But, we still have a breakout Q3 and Q4 to look forward to!
All the very best,
remember a couple of months ago, Huawei chairman said he was open to a acquisition of nok
& it turns out elop was in London meeting balmer at the same time
I wouldn't doubt elop dropping a dime to Huawei, soliciting a offer to screw balmer & running to gates claiming the deal fell through because balmer wouldn't up the offer
wouldn't doubt billy likes that, even though it's going to cost softy more money
a possible scenario is m$ft buying devices/HERE, elop part of the deal to head devices for softy
but in fact, run m$ft during balmers 1 year wind-down, giving a chance for gates to decide if he's the guy
like him or not, elop presents himself well & can think on his feet
I believe Elop will be good for Microsoft, and as Microsoft's CEO good also for Nokia as I see him push the WP ecosystem much harder than Ballmer ever did, And as Microsoft's CEO he will have the resources to make WP the second mobile OS in a very short time (which should be extremely good for Nokia).
All that said, I think he is not done at Nokia. He is in a middle of a turnaround and need to see it to completion. He need to stay at Nokia another year or two at least.
But Ballmer is not leaving Microsoft for another year, so who knows.
Sentiment: Strong Buy