Stephen Elop to leave Microsoft in senior exec reshuffle
CEO Nadella sharpens axe once more, prepares to shave top positions
Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s devices unit and former CEO of Nokia, is to leave the company as part of a slim-down and reshuffle of senior management at the Redmond-based software giant.
Elop moved to Nokia in September 2010, from a senior position at Microsoft where he had been in charge of products such as Office and Dynamics. After less than six months as CEO, he elected to phase out the company’s legacy mobile OS, Symbian, in favour of the mobile version of Microsoft Windows.
When Nokia’s market share of the mobile phone market tumbled, its devices wing was sold to Microsoft for $7.2bn under Elop’s leadership and the CEO moved to back to Microsoft as Devices chief. Finnish media accused Elop of being Microsoft’s “Trojan horse”, a charge he has vehemently denied.
While waiting to take the reins at the Devices unit, Elop was also named by some media outlets as a possible successor to Steve Ballmer, in the CEO race that eventually saw the appointment of Satya Nadella.
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