Elop brings Nokia a wealth of executive experience from the business and multimedia software sector. In his current position at Microsoft he oversees the company's Microsoft Office systems and has helped shape the software company's overall strategy. He was previously chief operating officer at Juniper Networks and served as president of worldwide field operations at Adobe Systems. He was president and CEO of Macromedia until its acquisition by Adobe in 2005.
"I am extremely excited to become part of a team dedicated to strengthening Nokia's position as the undisputed leader of the mobile communications industry, with a relentless focus on meeting the needs and expectations of customers," he said in the Nokia statement.