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THE SUNDAY TIMES: Exshellent

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Exshellent

“A PLEASANT surprise at last from Royal Dutch Shell. How about that? Jorma Ollila is an excellent choice as the group’s next chairman. Few businessmen command the same level of international respect as Nokia’s chief executive.”

Sunday 7 August 2005

A PLEASANT surprise at last from Royal Dutch Shell. How about that? Jorma Ollila is an excellent choice as the group’s next chairman. Few businessmen command the same level of international respect as Nokia’s chief executive.

That’s also the view of Sir Chris Gent, one of Ollila’s best customers when he was at Vodafone. Gent, who has also moved up a corporate rung as chairman of Glaxo Smith Kline, said Ollila had “tremendous strategic insight which will propel Shell forwards”.

Forget the chatter about mobile-phone design having nothing in common with finding oil. Much of Nokia’s huge success, and generous margins, have been built on its tremendously efficient supply chain. Most importantly, it was due to Ollila making the right strategic calls.

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