The newly appointed CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, made unscheduled stop at the smartphone maker’s ongoing expo in London.
Elop, formerly the head of Microsoft’s business unit, replaces Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo as the struggling smartphone giant looks to recover from declining share prices of 70 per cent in the last three years.
Although he doesn’t assume his post until next week, Elop came on stage to hand over the million dollar prize to the developer of the best Ovi Store application, which went to an upstart Kenyan company, Virtual City.
He said: “I am completely and totally unemployed today. I finished at Microsoft last week, I start at Nokia next week.
“I have one week in between, and I thought what better way to spend that time than with this group of people?”
But he wasn’t just there on a courtesy visit and talked a great deal about the importance of developers to Nokia in its bid to catch up to rivals Apple and Google.