So, Nokia finally boosts Kallasvuo and hires its first non-Finnish CEO, Microsoft’s Stephen Elop, which is perhaps a turning point for both companies.
Elop led the Microsoft Business Division which reported $18.6B in sales and $11.8B in operating income. He is just the most recent of senior executives fleeing the sinking Microsoft.
And at Nokia, is he going to try to displace the faltering RIM as the purveyor of choice to business smart phones? Microsoft tried that market, and hasn’t gotten far, but obviously, there are a lot of business people out there across the world with Nokia products ringing in their pockets right now.
Elop does not seem to be the guy to go after Apple or Google for the emerging consumer smartphone market, however. Even the recent acquisition of Dopplr’s Marco Artisaari as SVP of Design does not lead to a team that can really compete on innovation with Apple and Google.
Dan Frommer sums this up a bit aggressively, stating that Elop is not the right guy for the world confronting Nokia. But then again, who would be?
Nokia Makes The Same Mistake Again: Hires A Manager, Not A Product Visionary
The standard criticism we hear about Nokia is that it’s a company overrun with managers, where decisions are always made based on business sense and never made based on product vision.
And it seems like Nokia’s board just hired another CEO who is a seasoned manager, but not a consumer product visionary. So unless Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new boss, has hidden talents, he may represent more of the same for Nokia — which would be a disaster.
Nokia needs someone who can leapfrog Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android the way they leapfrogged Nokia. Is Elop that guy?
I am not sure that this is the only path for Nokia.
There are still a lot of green fields out there for low-cost phones, as well as a serious competitor for RIM. And Apple and Google’s battlefield for the expensive smartphone market might be a bad place to be, for the next few years.
I wonder if Elop will drop Symbian and try to head out for a new take on a Nokia operating platform? Will he lead a huge reduction in Nokia management ranks? Will he create a new design team, and make sure it’s not based in Finland? Let’s see.
But I thought Elop’s comments about Finland and Canada, his native country, having the Arctic in common were odd. Did he intend that as some sort of cultural sop to Finnish pride?
Source: Business Insider