The Australian telecom company Telstra has managed to include an ex-Nokia and Microsoft veteran to its squad. Stephen Elop, who played a significant role in the sale of Nokia’s smartphone business to Microsoft has now joined Telstra to take care of the company’s strategy moves.
Elop will assume his duties at Telstra on April 4, according to a statement released by the company. He will work for both US and Australia. “Stephen will immediately add major firepower to our team with his extensive and deep technology experience and an innate sense of customer expectations. He is a recognized international technology leader and strategist from across a range of global organizations,” Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn said through the statement.
Elop briefly adorned the post of Chief Executive at Macromedia before its acquisition by Adobe. Later, he moved to Juniper Networks and Microsoft from 2008 to 2010. From 2010 to 2013, Elop managed Nokia as its chief executive.
It was at his rein that Elop dropped Nokia’s internal mobile OS and made the company align with Microsoft’s Windows. Later, Microsoft ended up acquiring the mobile devices business of Nokia in 2013 for a whopping $7.2 million.
Telstra also named Kevin Russell, the former head of the consumer business at the Australian unit of Singapore Telecommunications Optus. He will join as the carrier’s group executive retail. Russell will replace Karsten Wildberger, who resigned in December, Telstra said.