Microsoft continues its transition to a devices and services firm after the buyout of Nokia, and while former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has already joined the technology titan, it turns out that he may not be the only one.
ZDNet in its new report, cites Jukka Oksaharju, of Nordic savings bank Nordnet, and claims that a former CEO and chairman of Nokia’s board could join Microsoft’s board of directors.
The report is talking about Jorma Ollila.
This potential new appointing is not all that surprising as Redmond continues investing in the ever growing mobile market. And this is without even talking about the reorganization currently underway at the technology titan.
Reshuffles in the higher management, and bringing experienced outside talent is only expected.
Talking about this new appointment, Oksaharju said:
“Joining Microsoft’s board wouldn’t be a surprise in itself, but it would be the crowning achievement of Nokia’s sale and Ollila’s career. Who would have more experience in global telecommunication business? The entire industry was created during his reign.”
In other words, if this goes through, an experienced hand will come on board.
Ollila has previously worked for Shell, and also serves as a board member of Ford and the Finnish forestry company that goes by the name of UPM-Kymmene.
A lot of this may yet come down to whether Stephen Elop manages to nab the CEO seat at Microsoft. If he does, then Ollila could be the right guy to oversee Redmond’s efforts in the highly competitive mobile market. Either way, expect to see some new faces at Microsoft soon.
The company has not yet issued a statement on this, and will very likely remain silent on the matter, at least until it finalizes a new CEO.