Stephen Elop

President and CEO

Stephen Elop joined Nokia as president and chief executive officer as of Sept. 21, 2010. He joined the company’s board of Directors in May 2011. Previously, Elop served as president of Microsoft’s Business Division, and was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team responsible for overall strategy. Before that, he was chief operating officer of Juniper Networks, a leading provider of high-performance network infrastructure; he also served as president of worldwide field operations of Adobe Systems Inc., which he joined following the 2005 acquisition of Macromedia Inc., where he was president and CEO.

He grew up in Ancaster, Canada, and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and management from McMaster University, where he was subsequently awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In his spare time, he enjoys his family and the many sports pursued by his five children.

Elop’s first mobile "phone" was a fake antenna that attached to his old Subaru that made it look like he had a phone. (His first real cellphone was a pocket-able Nokia.) He knows Morse code, thanks to his grandfather, who was a HAM radio operator in Canada — he was also one of the people who inspired Elop’s love of technology.

Posts With Stephen Elop

Will Microsoft Name Its CEO Before the New Year? Weary Employees Hope for Even Sooner. (Poll)

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth — and a new leader.

Is Ford’s Alan Mulally Now in the Lead to Be New CEO of Microsoft?

Can the car maker fix what ails the tech giant?

Nokia’s Stephen Elop to Get $25.4 Million Payout, Most of the Money Coming From Microsoft

A giant paycheck due upon closure of the Microsoft-Nokia deal.

ATD Week in Review: The Inside Story of Microkia, Apple in China and Yahoo’s Fashion Model Logo

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa shake on the $7 billion deal.

From “Can We Talk?” to a Coffee-Table Mishap — The Inside Story of Microsoft’s Nokia Deal

Eight key executives, meetings around the globe, and a pesky glass coffee table, to hammer out the deal announced this week.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa shake on the $7 billion deal.

Elop in July: It’s “Hard to Understand the Rationale” for Selling Nokia’s Devices Business

July: “That possibility to be successful is there.” September: “We need more combined muscle to truly break through with consumers.”

Nokia Shares Rise, Microsoft Falls in Reaction to Deal

One set of happy shareholders, another apparently less so.

Selling Nokia Was Hard Emotionally, but Right Thing to Do, Says Interim CEO

Nokia alone didn’t have the resources to compete with Android and Apple’s iPhone, Interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa said at a press conference.

Nokia Interim CEO: We Have Three Strong Businesses Remaining

The resulting company may be smaller and lower-profile, but it will be more financially sound, interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa told AllThingsD.

Barcelona Rendezvous, 50 Nokia Board Meetings Led to Microsoft Deal

In an interview with AllThingsD, Nokia CEO Risto Siilasmaa and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discuss how the deal came to be.

For Ballmer, Resistance Was Futile

Nokia’s Q1 Question Mark