Microsoft and Nokia bosses in Finland for charm offensive - Steve
Ballmer visits Finnish Parliament for discussion with politicians
Thursday, 05 September 2013
Top officials of the stuffed Nokia and Microsoft, outgoing Nokia CEO
Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met with Nokia employees
in Oulu and Tampere on Wednesday. At the same time Steve Ballmer went
to the Finnish parliament for what has been described as charm
offensive and reassurances.
Even though Nokia is sold to Microsoft, Finland would still be a strong
pay ground for the company as the mobile technological knowhow specific
for the strategic development of Nokia is here in Finland. Also
the Finish worker and the government need assured that the company is
just taking the ext stage it its evolution.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer /image//Yle
Steve Ballmer said he is "very fired up" by the deal with Nokia
announced on Tuesday, and promised that Finland will be the base for
Microsoft handset R&D.
Ballmer met with Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Finance
Minister Jutta Urpilainen on Wednesday in Helsinki. The meeting took
place at the House of Parliament, where the premier was officiating at
the opening of the autumn session.
”We’re entirely committed and very fired up by the acquisition of the
Devices and Services division of Nokia,” Ballmer told Finnish national
broadcaster, Yle. “We’ve had great meetings with the folks we
hope will be our new teams after the deal closes in Espoo, in Tampere,
in Salo, in Oulu and we’re very excited to have Finland as the centre
of all phone development at Microsoft.”
Also taking part in the Helsinki meeting were outgoing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and the company’s board chair, Risto Siilasmaa.
It took place a day after Nokia announced that Microsoft was buying
its entire mobile handset business, which propelled the company to
global fame in the 1990s.
Some 4,700 workers in Finland's Nokia will be transferred from Nokia to
Microsoft after the deal announced yesterday and this is being seen as
the chance to meet their new boss via a whistlestop tour of Finnish
On Wednesday, Elop and Ballmer met workers at the firm’s premises in
Tampere, and continued their journey in the afternoon to Oulu in
northern Finland. On Tuesday the pair visited Salo in the south-west.
by Scancomark.com Team