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Nokia Fires CEO To Fight Competition

HELSINKI (AP) _ Nokia Corp. says it will dismiss CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, as the world's largest handset maker struggles against fierce competition from rivals. The company said Friday that Kallasvuo will be replaced by Stephen
PTI September 10, 2010 12:02 IST
PTI

HELSINKI (AP) _ Nokia Corp. says it will dismiss CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, as the world's largest handset maker struggles against fierce competition from rivals.

The company said Friday that Kallasvuo will be replaced by Stephen Elop, who heads Microsoft's business division, as president and chief executive Sept. 21.

The move comes after Nokia stock fell more than 20 percent this year, aided by two profit warnings, and Kallasvuo has come under increasing pressure with speculation that he will be replaced.  AP