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Former Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop to Head Microsoft's Devices Division

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Nokia Group's former CEO, and current head of its handset division, Stephen Elop is to take up the position as head of devices at Microsoft once Nokia completes the sale of the handsets division to Microsoft.

That sale had been due to complete last month, but has been delayed by regulatory issues in several countries.

Although Stephen Elop was widely expected to stay on with the company and remain the head of the mobile phone division, the appointment had not been formally confirmed.

In an internal email to staff, Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella announced a number of executive appointments, including confirming Stephen Elop's position within the company.

Elop's official job title will be Executive Vice-President, Microsoft devices group. He will report directly to Nadella.

I've had a chance to work closely with Stephen, when he was previously a senior leader with Microsoft, as a key partner during his tenure as Nokia CEO, and again in the last several months as we've worked through the initial stages of integration planning," Nadella said in the email. "I look forward to working with Stephen as a key member of the senior leadership team and welcoming the Nokia Devices and Services employees to the Microsoft family."

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