While we generally do not put too much faith in analyst reports, sometimes they are amusing. A new report by a Finnish financial analyst believes that former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila could join Microsoft’s board.
“Ollila is, for all his strengths and weaknesses, a pioneer,” Jukka Oksaharju, of Nordic savings bank Nordnet, said.
“Joining Microsoft’s board wouldn’t be a surprise in itself, but it would be the crowning achievement of Nokia’s sale and Ollila’s career,” Oksaharju said.
“Who would have more experience in global telecommunication business? The entire industry was created during his reign.”
Currently Ollila sits on the board of many companies including Ford. Given Ollila’s financial background he certainly would fit in with many other members of the board. One theory is that if Alan Mulally becomes Microsoft’s next CEO he could bring over Ollila to Microsoft’s board room. We know that Ollila certainly gets along with Ballmer and was intstrumental in selling a large part of Nokia to Microsoft. We also recently reported that the current Microsoft board has recommended Ballmer and Gates to both be re-elected to the board.
For the time being, there is no definitive evidence to say the Ollila will be joining Microsoft’s board. We will likely know more about the future make-up of Microsoft’s board after a new CEO is chosen and publically announced.