Nokia Taps Microsoft Vet for US Head

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In addition to adopting Windows Phone 7 for its smartphone OS in future Nokia phones, the Finnish company also announced late on Friday that it was tapping a Microsoft veteran for the president of its U.S. operations. Chris Weber started his new post as president of Nokia U.S.A. immediately, replacing outgoing honcho Mark Louison.

The move suggests that the world’s largest (but shrinking) cell and smartphone maker intends to have a very close relationship with Microsoft, and the company’s announcement of the post emphasized that Mr. Weber has 16 years of experience with his former company.

Nokia U.S.A. president Chris Weber
Nokia U.S.A. president Chris Weber

Nokia appears to believe that Mr. Weber and Microsoft itself can help Nokia improve its market share and presence in the U.S., despite the fact that even a brand new OS — Windows Phone 7, which was released in the Fall of 2010 — couldn’t stop Microsoft from losing market share in the December quarter.

“Today Nokia CEO Stephen Elop outlined the new strategic direction for Nokia, including plans for a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new global mobile ecosystem, and reiterated his commitment to improving Nokia’s position in North America,” the company wrote in a statement.

Colin Giles, Executive Vice President of Sales for Nokia, added, “With the new strategy in place, I believe Chris brings to the team a great combination of well-developed leadership skills, broad sales and marketing experience and solid consumer insight. Chris’s experience will be invaluable in helping us to establish our new ecosystem strategy in the market.”

Earlier on Friday, Nokia and Microsoft announced that Nokia wold be adopting Windows Phone 7 for its primary smartphone OS, replacing Symbian OS, an operating system developed by Nokia and used widely throughout Asia and parts of Africa. Nokia is the world’s largest cell and smartphone maker, but the company has been losing share at a brisk clip, and the company’s presence in the U.S. is less than small.

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So Nokia will be listed as a Microsoft subsidiary now?


My thought exactly. This is looking more and more like a takeover without MS having to buy any stock

If I owned any NOK I would be getting increasingly pi**ed


i feel really bad for the employees and shareholders

what a complete mess

Lee Dronick

So Nokia will be listed as a Microsoft subsidiary now?

Early this morning on MacWorld I read an article that MicroSoft may have paid a lot of money for the OS deal.


Of course Ballmer has a many year history of throwing buckets of money at a number of big projects that all ended in utter failure.


Of course Ballmer has a many year history of throwing buckets of money at a number of big projects that all ended in utter failure.

But GeoDuck, he’ll have to strike it lucky eventually…

One day…

When Hell freezes over…


One commentator, when hearing this deal, asked appropriately, “do two dogs equal an eagle?

Lee Dronick

Last week I read that Bill Gates sold a lot his MSFT stock and today I read that MicroSoft paid big bucks for the right to put Windows Phone 7 on Nokia. I don’t know if either story is true, but if so is there a correlation?


Nokia, which operates in probably the most mercilessly competitive industry in the world today, keeps on hiring executives from a company that has a dismal track record in markets where they do not have monopoly power.

Microsoft executives have shown they have zero skills in markets where competitors exist and they have to fight tooth and nail to get the consumer’s spending dollar.

The tailspin will continue.

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