CEO’s Memoir Offers Candid Account of the Rise and Fall of Mobile Phone Giant Nokia

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In a compelling memoir, Nokia’s legendary CEO Jorma Ollila presents a riveting account of the inner workings of the company that created the global mobile revolution. "Against All Odds" published for the first time in English, is a story of exceptional success, but at the same time of the poor judgment and bad decisions that were made.

A terrific, refreshing memoir – a compelling story well told. — John Thornton, Chairman, Brookings Institution and former President of Goldman Sachs

In a compelling memoir, Nokia’s legendary CEO Jorma Ollila presents a riveting account of the inner workings of the company that created the global mobile revolution. CEO from 1992 to 2006, Ollila led an old-fashioned Finnish conglomerate from near catastrophe to become the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer. He built a company where visionary thinking and courageous decisions were combined with exceptional creativity and first-rate engineering, leading to phenomenal growth.

“Against All Odds: Leading Nokia from Near Catastrophe to Global Success” narrates Ollila’s personal and professional journey, where readers learn about the fine line between stratospheric success and disastrous failure. His stories are filled with lessons about the nature of leadership, the importance of shared values, and the need for strategic thinking. He is especially upfront about working with his executive and management teams as well as encounters with figures such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and George Soros.

“This is a story of exceptional success,” said Ollila, “but at the same time of the poor judgment we sometimes showed and the bad decisions and mistakes that we made.”

The result of those bad decisions: Nokia sold its declining mobile devices division to Microsoft in 2014.

“Against All Odds,” published in Finnish in 2013 and translated into English for the first time, includes a new Epilogue to bring the reader up to date on Ollila’s thoughts about more recent events regarding the company, including the decision to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft and its merger with Alcatel-Lucent.

About the Authors
Jorma Ollila became the pre-eminent European businessman of his generation during his time as Nokia's CEO and chairman (1999–2012). He served as Chairman of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell from 2006 to 2015. Currently he’s an Advisory Partner at investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners. Harri Saukkomaa is chairman and founder of the public relations firm Tekir. Translated into English by Richard Powell.

About Maven House Press
An independent publisher specializing in forward-thinking business books, Maven House Press was founded in 2012. Its titles are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services-Legato. For more information visit http://mavenhousepress.com.

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