Nokia Oyj rose as much as 5.2 percent in Helsinki trading after the Wall Street Journal reported the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones is looking to replace Chief Executive Officer Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo .
Stephen Elop, who quit as Nokia Oyj chief last month after failing to revive sales during his three- year tenure, was the mobile-phone maker’s second choice for a new leader when hired in 2010, according to a former chairman.
Nokia Oyj ’s second-quarter profit plunged on competition from Apple Inc.’s iPhone. Chief Executive Officer Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said a new device from the world’s largest mobile-phone maker will “kick-start” its comeback.
Nokia Oyj replaced Chief Executive Officer Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo last year after the stock sank 55 percent during his four-year tenure. Successor Stephen Elop has presided over a 37 percent loss in just eight months.