As someone who knows many current and former Nokia employees, I could not tell you how many times I have heard over the course of Stephen Elop's tenure that the man is a Microsoft plant. These people have been telling me this ever since Elop went and did the infamous 'Burning Platform
' speech. They felt even more vindicated when it was finally announced
that Nokia would be jettisoned to Microsoft, Elops former company prior to joining Nokia.
The real crazy thing is that within the company there was a FAQ being sent around to employees and one of the most freqently asked quesitons was whether or not Stephen Elop was a Trojan Horse. And obviously, they denied this fact outright since there was no basis for such a claim. Until now.According to a major national Finnish publication
, they have found SEC documents that indicate that Elop had actually modified his own contract with Nokia to differentiate his contract from the previous CEOs. The difference was that he had added a clause in the contract that would give Elop an immediate payout if the company were to change hands. This would give him incentive to devalue the price of the stock in order to make the company's stock less valuable and therefore more attractive to suitors (like Microsoft).
This comes on the heels of Nokia's Chairman of the Board claiming that Stephen Elop's contract was no different than any previous Nokia CEO's contract. And this sparked the Finnish publication's interest to see if this was indeed true, and by the looks of it, it isn't. While we can't read Finnish, we'll have to take Forbes' word
for their translation of the documents, which obviously lends to having to take this with a grain of salt.
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