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Nokia's Stephen Elop, Microsoft CEO Front-Runner

Stephen Elop’s bold strokes at Nokia may win him Ballmer’s job
Nokia's Stephen Elop, Microsoft CEO Front-Runner
Photograph by Casper Hedberg/Bloomberg

Nokia Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop has said he typically logs about 60,000 miles of air travel a month on business trips. He presses phone companies to carry his products and attempts to buck up employees demoralized by losses and layoffs in recent years. In Finland, the 49-year-old former Microsoft executive has been portrayed by critics and former employees as an outsider sent to undermine a once-proud Nordic tech innovator.