Former Nokia exec says Nokia's in trouble, Elop is to blame
Losing money, senior talent, and cash cow Symbian OS was the wrong move, a former Nokia executive tells CNET UK.
Here in the U.S., the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows phone has sold better than Nokia expected, but significant has led to some vocal -- and colorful -- opinions from a former Nokia executive.
Speaking, Lee Williams, who served as Nokia's senior vice president of Symbian Series 60 OS from 2006 to 2009, paints a portrait of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as a cost-slashing leader who lacks long-term vision.
Williams goes even further to accuse Elop of sacrificing Nokia's fat and healthy cash cow -- Symbian -- for the chance at "US cultural magic," at the expense of the company's Finnish identity.
In one tidbit:
"Elop is operating like a CFO [chief financial officer] -- CFOs are very practical, always looking at costs, always internally focused...I don't think he's really projecting anything forward or sitting around with his team imaging what the future looks like. I think it's 's**t how do I get rid of a third of this overhead in R&D?.'"
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