We closed-out last week with news arriving of Steve Ballmer’s retirement; the Microsoft CEO announced that he’ll be stepping down from his role sometime in the next twelve months. That’s going to leave a very powerful seat to fill, and we’ve already heard about efforts the board will take to form a committee tasked with appointing a new CEO. As they gear up for their deliberations in private, rumors are already discussing the possibilities, including one Mr. Stephen Elop of Nokia.
Elop, you may remember, worked for Microsoft prior to joining Nokia, heading up the company’s business division. While jumping back to Microsoft might leave Nokia hurting for new leadership, it could also spell big things for the future of Windows Phone, with Elop equipped to give the platform all the resources it could possibly need.
Of course, he’s far from the only name in consideration, and other bigwigs like Paul Maritz have been mentioned – there might even be talk of Bill Gates getting back in action, though that seems like a serious long shot.
When we asked you readers for your opinions on various CEOs a couple months back, Stephen Elop emerged as the clear winner. Does that mean he might have what it takes to head-up Microsoft as a whole? Or might his talents be better suited to continue work towards turning Nokia around?