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Ex-Nokia CEO to head up Xbox division

Ex-Nokia CEO to head up Xbox division

Elop is returning to Microsoft as part of its $5bn acquisition of Nokia's services and devices.

Microsoft has appointed former Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop to head up its Devices and Studio division.

This division is responsible for the Xbox, the Surface tablets and Microsoft's game studios. Elop will be taking over from executive vice-president Julie Larson-Green, who stepped up to the position following the departure of Don Mattrick last year.

The appointment was leaked in a memo from Larson-Green acquired by TechCrunch. Larson-Green is staying with Microsoft and moving to a chief experience officer role in the My Life & Work team. She will also remain in a leading role in Devices and Studios until Elop's transition to the company is completed.

Before becoming Nokia's chief executive, Elop had previously worked at Microsoft as president of the software giant's businesses division, which includes among other things Microsoft's Office software suite.

Elop has found his way back to the company as part of Microsoft's $5bn acquisition of Nokia's devices and services which was announced in September last year. Curiously, despite this acquisition deal, Nokia has just launched its first Android powered handset.

'You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we’ve shared a lot with him,' said Larson-Green in the memo. ' I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them.'

Elop was also apparently on the shortlist of candidates to replace outgoing chief executive Steve Ballmer, although that position went to Sartya Nadella earlier this month.

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