Also in today's EMEA roundup: AlcaLu hires former Goldman Sachs man; Bouygues sees second-quarter profits rise; mobile-banking warnings; Rushie returns.
Will Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s boss jump ship? That is the speculation reflected in the 5/1 odds being set by UK bookmaker Ladbrokes for Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to leave his still-smouldering platform and step into Steve Ballmer's shoes at Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). Those odds make Elop -- who came from Microsoft to try to turn around Nokia's fortunes -- the favorite to take Ballmer's job when he leaves within the year, though others in the frame, according to this Reuters report, include internal Microsoft candidate Kevin Turner and ex-Microsoft man Steve Sinofsky. (See Ballmer Bails on Microsoft, Nokia's 'Burning Platform' Memo, and Nokia Dumps CEO, Hires Elop.)
More movers and shakers: Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has hired a former Goldman Sachs banker as its new chief financial and legal officer, the latest instalment of CEO Michel Combes's management shakeup program. Jean Raby, for it is he, was with Goldman Sachs until the end of 2012. (See Farewell Then, Ben and Euroblog: Combes Clearout?.)
Still in France, Bouygues, the conglomerate that includes mobile operator Bouygues Telecom , saw second-quarter profits rise 10 percent year-on-year to €482 million (US$577 million), reports Bloomberg. Bouygues has faced a stiff challenge from upstart Free Mobile, and its cost-cutting appears to have paid off. (See Free Disrupts French Mobile Market, Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene.)
Beware the fat-finger syndrome: Those fiddly little keypads could cause costly cock-ups when it comes to mobile banking, reports the BBC, citing a study by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority. It also warns about mobile banking late at night when, er, concentration may be impaired.
Here at Euronews Towers we've been waiting years to bring you a photo of soccer legend Ian Rush holding a milk bottle, and here it is.
Rush, Liverpool FC's all-time leading goalscorer, can be seen as the anti-Beckham: You never saw him poncing around in a tight-fitting vest advertising men's "fragrances." Oh, and the reason for the Rush/milk bottle photo opp? Something to do with UK mobile joint venture EE bringing 4G to the Northern town of Accrington.
Ian Rush: A lotta bottle, and a lotta goals.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading