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Hamiltonian Leads Nokia

Nokia’s new direction has a decidedly local flavour. The Finnish-based company, which specializes in everything from mobile phones to high-performance mobile computers and digital navigation services, has named Hamilton native and McMaster graduate Stephen Elop as its new president and CEO. Elop arrives fresh from Microsoft’s Business Division, having also also held pivotal roles with Juniper Networks, Adobe and Macromedia.

“The time is right to accelerate the company’s renewal; to bring in new executive leadership with different skills and strengths in order to drive company success,” the Nokia board announced in a press release. “(We) believe that Stephen has the right industry experience and leadership skills to realize the full potential of Nokia. His strong software background and proven record in change management will be valuable assets as we press harder to complete the transformation of the company.

“I am extremely excited to become part of a team dedicated to strengthening Nokia’s position as the undisputed leader of the mobile communications industry, with a relentless focus on meeting the needs and expectations of customers,” says Elop. “Nokia has a unique global position as well as a great brand upon which we can build. The Nokia slogan clearly states our key mission: Connecting People, which will acquire new dimensions as we build our portfolio of products, solutions and services.”


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