Against All Odds

Jorma Ollila

In this compelling memoir, Nokia’s legendary CEO Jorma Ollila presents a riveting story of the company that created the global mobile revolution. CEO from 1992 to 2006, Ollila led Nokia from near catastrophe to become the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer. Readers will follow Ollila’s personal and professional journey, learning 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. Ollila offers a clear picture of life as a CEO, with many insights into how business is conducted at the highest levels. He offers poignant and illuminating stories of hair-raising risks and huge successes, but also of poor judgment and bad decision-making. Against All Odds, 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.

About Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila was Nokia’s CEO from 1992 to 2006 and Chairman from 1999 to 2012. He was Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell from 2006 to 2015 and Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists from 2005 to 2009. He is currently an Advisory Partner at investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners. He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Helsinki, the Helsinki University of Technology, and the University of Vaasa.

Harri Saukkomaa is a distinguished journalist, entrepreneur, and author of several nonfiction books.