Stephen Elop: "Now, we're one Microsoft" - read the full open letter here
Regardless, the deal has now been sealed, resulting in the transfer of Nokia ex-CEO Stephen Elop to Microsoft, where he's going to head the company's Xbox and tablet businesses. Ever since his arrival at Nokia, Stephen Elop has been a controversial figure in the eyes of Nokia fans, due to a series of unpopular events, such as the burning platform memo, the discontinuation of the Symbian and MeeGo operating systems, the adoption of Microsoft's Windows Phone, and the executive's massive $25 million exit fee that received much media criticism in Finland back in September of 2013. Still, what has probably gotten Nokia supporters enraged the most has been the company's near-total collapse under Elop. An extract from the executive's Wikipedia page provides a summary of how well he did as Nokia CEO: "During the 3 years Elop was Nokia CEO, Nokia revenues fell 40%, Nokia profits fell 95%, Nokia market share collapsed in smartphones from 34% to 3.4%, Nokia's credit rating went from A to junk, Nokia's share price dropped 60% in value and Nokia's market capitalization lost 13 billion dollars in value. During his tenure at Nokia, Elop was regularly featured on the 'worst CEO' lists such as those at Daily Finance, CNBC and Wealth Wire. The Financial Times calculated that Nokia shareholders ended up paying Elop a bonus of 1 million Euros for every 1.5 billion in market capital that Elop was able to destroy while Nokia CEO."
However, Nokia fans and smartphone aficionados alike will probably be interested to know that Stephen Elop also had some things to say on his way out today. What you can read below is the executive's open letter celebrating the closing of the Microsoft-Nokia deal. In short, Elop seems to be more than thrilled to return to his previous employer, while the world should obviously expect great things from this new union going forward. Strangely, 'great success' was also promised during Elop's reign at Nokia, though all that the company managed to do during these last few years was to play catch-up with the leaders in the smartphone market.
Here's Stephen Elop's full open letter, which was published today on the company's official blog - Nokia Conversations:
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