Did Stephen Elop just become the presumptive next CEO of Microsoft?

Did Stephen Elop just become the presumptive next CEO of Microsoft?
If you could find a prop bet line on who would be the next Microsoft CEO, Stephen Elop was already the Vegas favorite (not to mention the favorite of our totally scientific poll on the subject). But with Microsoft just announcing plans to purchase Nokia, and bring Elop back into the fold, did Elop just move up from being the favorite to being the presumptive next-in-line for Steve Ballmer's job?

We aren't the first to ask the question, and we certainly won't be the last, but it is a very important question. As the deal was announced, Elop stepped down as CEO of Nokia to take the position of executive vice president of Devices and Services (aka the unit that Microsoft purchased). From the way current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explained the transition, Elop will be heading up the Devices and Services group at Microsoft, and potentially unseating current head of that group Julie Larson-Green. Ballmer says that the two will work together, with Larson-Green heading the Xbox and Surface teams, while Elop runs the imported Nokia teams. That said, Ballmer also used the questionable phrasing that Larson-Green would be "joining Stephen's team", which seems to put Elop above Larson-Green. 

That seems like a relatively small thing, but Larson-Green had been considered by many to be the front-runner for the CEO position if Microsoft decided to hire from within the company. Now that Elop will be returning to Microsoft, he seems like the man to beat as Ballmer's replacement; and, if the rumors are true that Microsoft will be choosing said replacement sooner rather than later, Elop's time as an executive VP at Microsoft may be quite short. 

What do you all think? Can anyone beat Elop for the Microsoft CEO position?



1. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

What the f**!!The deal announced at perfect time!!So that was the plan!!

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yes... As expected...

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The penultimate mole - drive Nokia's share price into the toilet and then MS swoops in for the kill. CEO would be a fitting reward. Benedict Arnold is green with envy.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

So who's the ultimate mole?

20. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

He should be lauded for saving Nokia from the Symbian/MeeGo s**t show.

2. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Bill Gates should make a better choice, someone ouside, more innovative.

5. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Only time will tell...these articles are useless for now:)

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Considering Ballmer made his choice to step down knowing full well that Nokia would be bought out, no, I can't imagine anyone can "beat Elop for the Microsoft CEO position." Although, I can think of quite a few commenters on these boards who would like to beat him in another sense of the word... (Myself excluded, of course. Violence is never the answer, and so-forth...)

4. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Microsoft is already doing well in the Enterprise segment, It's the consumer market they have to focus on, and elop seem to be doing a good job at it.

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

As soon as Nokia bought it's shares from Siemens i figuered that Microsoft would buy out Nokia because.siemens was a problem holding bact the deal. Folks although it seems Mr Elop may get the Microsoft CEO position Balmer is voluntarilly retiring from do not under estimates Mr Gates strategy. Elop has hewn his skill as a CEO who can run a hadware company. Gates may keep him working for Microsoft in that capacity because they need a guy who can handle hardware creation and manufacturing.. Gates and the rest of the CEO search group.may shock the hell out of everybody including Mr Elop by giving another Microsoft Honcho the CEO Job. I will bet bet my behind that will happen. .

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

E(F)lop ate Nokia, possibilities are more that he becomes a MS CEO.

11. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

its more clear road for him to take the CEO Position at microsoft

12. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Yep, Elop will probably be the next reigning King of Microsoft. He's better than Ballmer that's for sure, and of course Bill Gates will NOT be the next CEO. Elop here we come.

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

He sold Macromedia to Adobe, Nokia to M$.. I wonder to whom he will sell M$ to when he (if at all) becomes M$ CEO?

19. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Hahah, good point, no one can simply buy Microsoft, they are too big!

13. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Goodbye M$ ....

14. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Nokia made the Worst decision ever choosing Mr Elop as Chairman,but its the Nokia Board that needs to take the Full Blame in the Decline at Nokia,The Board must have a contact with Microsoft knowing the were willing to Invest some money into Nokia,Thats why the Decision on the 11th Febuary will always Haunt the Nokia name announcing" Symbian is Dead",so they could just help Microsoft improve there Portfolio as they were miles behind Apple,who were succesful in the PC an Mobile Market,Microsoft were not as popular so they choose Nokia to help them,an ever since Windows as not so popular with Consumers,so glad i Chose Android after the Brilliant Symbian Nokia N8

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Elop is the excellence choice for Microsoft. what's stopping him from selling Microsoft out. lol... check that guy history. he sold Macromedia to adobe among others.

16. Seo_Joo_Hyun

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

is this a joke ??? , i slept and woke up and hell happend

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

A very very talented SPY as a Prime Minister of a Kingdom??? I don't think he deserves that post, as Elop has got very bad name (and even now confirmed as a Trojan Horse sent to Nokia to degrade it and buy for much much cheaper price than say Skype) and it will give bad image to M$. Only Billy has to return to bring M$ back to the olden days, else nothing more to say, imho...

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