Former Nokia CEO leaves Microsoft

Stephen Elop, former chief executive at Nokia, is to step down from his role as head of the Microsoft Devices Group (MDG).

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, has restructured the company into three main groups, resulting in the Microsoft Devices Group being absorbed by a new division.

Elop first left Microsoft for Nokia back in 2010, but re-joined following the £4.6 billion takeover of Nokia’s devices and services business in 2014.

“When Stephen Elop returned to Microsoft, he oriented MDG to create the best Microsoft experience through its devices, inclusive of hardware, software and services,” said Nadella in an email to staff.

“He has been a strong advocate of the need to drive focus and accountability around the delivery of these experiences and has helped drive tighter alignment toward the ambition of more personal computing.

“Stephen and I have agreed that now is the right time for him to retire from Microsoft. I regret the loss of leadership that this represents, and look forward to seeing where his next destination will be.”

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