Is Stephen Elop the right man to run Nokia?

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Is Stephen Elop the right man to run Nokia?

Nokia today announced it is to dump its Symbian software activities on Accenture and give 4,000 employees the heave-ho, with the UK particularly badly affected.

This has lead some to ask the question: is former Redmond man Stephen Elop a Trojan horse, and is Microsoft trying to take over the business?

Back in February, in the wake of the announcement that Microsoft and Nokia were to team up, Elop took to the stage at Mobile World Congress to deny any such accusation.

Elop still holds a swathe of shares in Microsoft, indeed he was forced to halt a planned divestment of his holdings in the wake of the tie-up lest he be accused of insider trading.

This does not, to me, say that there is a conspiracy at work here and we are watching the opening stages of an orchestrated Microsoft takeover of Nokia. That would be alarmist and it doesn't add up.

But it does say that Elop's presence at the helm throughout is ill-considered, unfortunate and potentially inappropriate.

If Nokia is to make a go of its partnership with Microsoft (and seriously, good luck to them), I am not convinced that a Microsoft man is the right guy to run the business.

This was first published in April 2011

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