When The Wall Street Journal reported that Nokia
Unfortunately, the headhunters out there may be right. Kallasvuo was a hero to Nokia in the early days, reinforcing a dominant position in the global cell phone market and some impressive stock returns. But ever since Apple
It seems like Olli-Pekka is ill-equipped to fight a band of innovative buccaneers like Apple and the Android marauders from Google
The WSJ says that at least two high-profile executives from North America have visited Nokia's Finnish headquarters so far, pointing to a desire to finally grab a hold of the vibrant American market. Here's my short list of who Nokia should pay a big enough fortune to make 'em move to Finland:
- Andy Rubin of Android fame sits right at the top of my wish list. He's created an empire out of nothing once before; imagine what he could do with a running start like Nokia's global market reach.
Research In Motion
(Nasdaq: RIMM)has two CEOs. Jim Balsillie would be Kallasvuo 2.0, but Mike Lazaridis has the tech-savvy know-how to do something special if he were running the show alone. This choice could make Nokia a BlackBerry-friendly zone, and that's not a bad move if you want to play in North America.
- If Steve Jobs isn't going to retire anytime soon, perhaps Apple COO Tim Cook could be cajoled into stepping out of the Turtlenecked-One's shadow. Cook is more of an efficiency expert than an outright innovator, but you don't get to run Apple in Steve's absence -- twice -- without some creative chops.
There are many more possible candidates: top names from next-generation wireless provider Clearwire
Thinking further outside the box, Nokia could even go with a proven innovator from a different industry such as Hansen Natural
Who's your pick to replace poor old Olli-Pekka? Drop your names in the comments below.
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