Nokia’s Stephen Elop leads bets for next Microsoft CEO, who would you bet on?
Who would be the next chief executive? Interestingly, this is not a topic of mere discussions but a real gamble. Ladbrokes, a UK betting house operating more than 2700 shops, lets its regulars bet not just on sports, but on other events as well. The next Microsoft CEO is one of them.
Since we are talking about real gambling with real money involved, Ladbrokes has obviously put in the efforts and research to come up with some interesting numbers. Surprsing or not, the leading candidate turns out to be former Microsoft Office head and current chief executive of Nokia, Stephen Elop. The Nokia CEO has the higher, 5 to 1 ratio, to be appointed on the leading position at Microsoft. Elop has undergone severe criticism for his radical decisions such as tying Nokia exclusively with Windows Phone.
Other candidates include internal Microsoftites like COO Kevin Turner or the quickly rising newly appointed head of hardware devices and entertainment Julie-Larson Green.
In the cards are obviously even more unlikely options like former Windows head Steven Sinofsky and even Netflix’ chief executive Reed Hastings. Even the fantastic scenario of Apple’s Tim Cook joining the other camp is a 100 to 1 option for gamblers.
13 years ago, Microsoft founder Bill Gates himself anointed Ballmer for the post, but while Ballmer succeeded at keeping revenue flowing from the pillars of Microsoft - Windows, Office and enterprise, he largely missed the smartphone and tablet revolutions.
- Who would you bet on would become Microsoft’s new CEO?
512 votes (512 votes) Current Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
141 votes (141 votes) Current Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
126 votes (126 votes) Current Microsoft head of hardware devices and entertainment Julie-Larson Green
126 votes (126 votes) Former Windows head Steven Sinofsky
141 votes (141 votes) Someone else within Microsoft
82 votes (82 votes) An outsider like Netflix’ Reed Hastings
1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I voted Julie-Larson Green because the hardware on the surface tablets are sweet but definately not Elop!
34. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Wow, sorry but you're being a hypocrite now. I can't even begin to recall how many times it's been bashed by you -- not just the OS, but the idea of Surface and it's underpowered Tegra 3...
Also 'newly appointed'. These products go through years of market research and ergonomics testing, etc. Julie-Larson Green had nothing to do with it. Nothing with the first generation, anyways.
39. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
hahaha did i ever say i disliked the hardware?? NO! i said a product is only as good as the OS and the hardware is impeccable but the OS is not up to scratch! Besides ANYONE but Elop!!!
40. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
components are part of the hardware so choosing an underpowered tegra 3 which was used on the nexus 7 that costed 199 made a huge difference, dont get me wrong the outside shell was great, but if they get better internal components like the display(it was awful), Processor, more ram, more storage that the OS doesnt take much from it, better battery, that will get you through the day, and not even going to talk about software because IE touch just sucks.
49. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
wow, why didn't you actually vote for yourself...when you seem to know so much more than anyone else? Such a genius...
32. -box- (Posts: 3864; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
He's busy running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he doesn't want to deal with dat-to-day stuff at Microsoft (though he's still a board member, as Ballmer will remain)
38. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
What -box- said. You can just tell he's not invested in Microsoft enough anymore spirit and mind. His priority is in the Gates Foundation now -- everyone always asks him these things in interviews and the answer is always the same. Following his actions over the years clearly shows this, unless there is some new and unprecedented pressure by investors begging him to come back. But I doubt that.
3. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Elop already did his job for Nokia by bringing it down since 2010
MS sent him
and he is already getting into it...
45. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Elop has been out of MS for a while. MS tends to promote from within, and Elop has been out of MS for too long to be considered an insider.
4. Kurai (unregistered)
Anyone whose name is not elop
5. bakarock (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
Wat 'bout JOE BELFIORE. This guy is doing good with Windows Phone.
12. papss (unregistered)
I agree completely. Not sure why he's not on the list
6. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
How about Tim Cook..... XD
33. -box- (Posts: 3864; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Hahahahaha. I laughed when I read that in the article. I can't imagine any other company wanting him. Heck, apple seems to barely want him.
8. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Bill Gates was the best CEO ever... Well, he's now doing humanitarian work and all, so I guess we can't make him come back xD
10. mjain88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Aug 2013)
Elop actually saved the sinking ship called Nokia, he reduced the company's size and its expenditures. He made the company more responsive to the changes in market dynamics, whereas the previous CEOs could do nothing to fight back the iPhone. He is doing a terrific job at Nokia, and that must be appreciated.
36. asingha94 (Posts: 290; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
that's the exact thing you have said.Most people don't understand that.!
11. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
i think Bill Gates should step up.. and appoint somebody who knows how to run the business, makes the both of them Co CEO. Would make BG do humanitarian and turning MS around.
15. FoneAddict (Posts: 206; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
E-Flop no thanks. Everything he touches get's burned - literally!
25. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1120; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I think you are wrong on that point. Mr Elop set out to make Nokia the number "ONE"
Windows smart phone OEM.. He succeeded at that.. Nokia at the time he took over could only afford to invest in one smart phone ECO system. Everybody and their brother was making Android smart phones Nokia would never dominate Android.. Windows Metro tile smartphones was a new platform other Oem's made 1 or 2 models of Windows smart phones and they were not the other OEM's best. He went To windows smart phones and made sure Nokia's Windows smart phones were better than the rest. He won he beat the Other OEM"S. I agree now is the time for Nokia to make a few android smart phones but do not call this man a loser he beat all the other Windows smartphone OEM"S and that can not be denied. People seem to overlook Elop's gamble and VICTORY
16. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
WP would have been dead without Nokia. Elop getting rewarded for services rendered?
17. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
I voted Elop because I want him out of Nokia asap!! =)
35. -box- (Posts: 3864; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Why? He's only done positive things for Nokia, and he genuinely cares about the company, its products, its people, and its future. If he had cone from anywhere but Microsoft people would love him. Yes, he got rid of Symbian and MeeGo, but as a CEO one has to make tough decisions for the good of the company. Look what happened to blackberry and palm: former leaders of the industry didn't react to the market, kept making non-compelling products (granted at too-high of prices but not astronomically so), and took the hard fall. Palm wasn't able to get back on its feet so HP slit its throat, and Blackberry is barely on its knees looking for the next move or handout, and even access to android apps hasn't helped.
18. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Elop, then MS will have their own phone hardware. RIP Nokia, hopefully I'm wrong.
23. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
LOL! Without Nokia Windows Phone will be dead. RIP.
19. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
cuz there is trend to hiring CEO from google, he is also former employee of MSFT.
20. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2809; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Julie-Larson Green - Current Microsoft head of hardware devices and entertainment or Current Microsoft COO Kevin Turner would be good to see.
21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Elop shouldn't give up on Nokia, for a telecommunication company it's faster and easier to get up from a knockdown, for a software giant like Microsoft, it takes much longer, if ever. But some bad rumors are saying Elop gunned for that seat in the first place, and I think he'll get it.
22. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)
Bill Gate might do what Jeff Bezos did, at some point he took a break from Amazon, and later on he went back...in strategy, this is how you see things that you couldn't while being the CEO of a specific company
46. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
TROLL, go play in rush hour traffic , little boy....
26. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1120; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
You know smart phone fans can get Crazy some times. A lot of People hate Mr Elop because he got Nokia to make Windows smart phones as opposed to Android smart phones. at the time Elop took over Nokia everybody and his brother was making Android smart phones.
Nokia could only afford to choose one ECO system He choose the Windows Metro tile ECO system because no one dominated it. it was new.. Elop over a few year made Nokia the "Number ONE" Windows smart phone OEM. he succeeded in what hw wanted to do. The Android smart phone fans are just plain foolish to call Elop bad for Nokia because He does not let Nokia make Android smart phones,.now that Nokia is the number "ONE" Windows smart phone OEM! Elop could OK Nokia to make a couple of Android smartphones to sell to Andriod fans. who knows maybe Nokia will someday? but you cannot say Elop is Loser he made Nopkia the number one in windows smart phones that's success folks not faliure.
37. -box- (Posts: 3864; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Ford will be too busy making Star Wars 7-9.
Also, neither has run a large company, and probably not even a small one.
31. Dion25 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
I think Elop has done a wonderful job at reviving Nokia. Everyone that bashes him is doing so because he didnt choose Android. Google didnt step up and offer Cash incentives like MS did to help Nokia survive until they were able to sustain themselves. Just releasing phones using Android was no guarantee of success. Elop had to put the companies best chance at future survival 1st and what Microsoft offered was their best option. As we can see its working out perfectly. Nokia is taking back the # 1 position in many markets. Their future is looking very good.
41. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
I can only imagine if Bill Gates came back how will things change at his command
42. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 81; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Well, I don't like Mr. Elop. I don't comment that he's good or not. I vote for the current COO, Mr. Kevin Turner.
43. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Elop is a mole, so I think he is the obvious choice for M$. By sticking to his guns and making WP device ONLY, he has slowed Nokia's comeback. Say what you want about Android, Meego, or Symbian... They would be back on top today had they not put all their eggs in one basket. Android fans are still clambering for a Nokia with Jelly Bean, whether it's skinned or vanilla. The cheers for it are only getting louder, and when Elop leaves, Nokia should listen to its old fans who want to come back. And I'm not saying they should switch, the should make both!
44. downphoenix (Posts: 2381; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Elop served as a mighty strong trojan horse for Microsoft, Elop was able to bring down the #1 cell phone manufacturer to its knees to kneel to Microsoft.
47. kanagadeepan (Posts: 714; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Its expected that a very successful Trojan Horse + SPY is a great asset for a co.... But I don't think a SPY is a worthy candidate for becoming a Minister (CEO here)...
50. AeroPrime (Posts: 172; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
I'm gonna tell you honestly most likely is never gonna happen. I could change MS and make it right they have actually good products but sometimes bad decision too. I know what MS needs and MS who and what MS don't need.