Stephen Elop at Nokia World 2010

Breaking: New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop takes to the stage

by Ben Smith on 15th September 2010

Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO in waiting (he starts next week), has taken to the stage to give a $1 million prize to the winner of the Nokia Growth Venture Challenge competition at the Calling All Innovators Awards Ceremony.

Describing himself as ‘completely unemployed’ he referred to his ‘old supervisor’ Steve Ballmer’s catch-phrase ‘developers, developers, developers’ as he explained why he had chosen this event to make his first public appearance.

Warmly received by the crowd there’s a real sense of anticipation about what he can do for Nokia.  His warmth and charisma certainly played well to the attendees – mostly developers and Nokia staff.

Giving a $1 million to developers sends a fairly clear signal too… there are plenty of other Nokia big-wigs on hand who could have done that – this man has an agenda.

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