Elop, responsible for the Office 10 launch when he was in senior management at Microsoft, left shortly after to take over as CEO at Nokia.
He’d been touted as a possibilty to replace Microsoft’s outgoing CEO, Steve Ballmer, but not very seriously, as it was rumored he was happy at Nokia.
Well, M$ rummaged around in its corporate sofa cushions and came up with a bit more than seven billion dollars to buy Nokia’s phone business outright, and Elop along with it.
It will be interesting to see how, if any, this changes the bookies odds on the Ballmer successor.
Still: Would Gates and Ballmer pay seven billion bucks to get the CEO they wanted?
Ladbrokes is offering 5/1 odds on Elop – who spent two years at Microsoft
before joining Nokia – being chosen to replace Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft.
Elop joined Microsoft in 2008 as head of its business division, which is
responsible for the Microsoft Office suite of products. The Canadian was
then appointed CEO of Nokia in 2010, becoming the first non-Finnish director
in Nokia’s history.
I’m going to hazard a guess that those odds will shorten considerably by tomorrow.