Taiwanese and Estonian rights sold to Jorma Ollila’s bestselling insider story of Nokia!

Ollila_Mahdoton menestys_kansiWe are very happy to announce that rights to legendary CEO Jorma Ollila’s autobiography, Against All Odds: My Emotional Journey with Nokia (Otava 2013), have been sold in Taiwan to The Wind Publishing and in Estonia to Äripäev.

“This biography is a meticulously polished diamond…Ollila prepared his autobiography for ten years. Journalist Harri Saukkomaa has turned it into an entertaining story in the strongest possible bestseller style.”
– Columnist Unto Hämäläinen, Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland

Against All Odds, a first-person account of the rise and fall of Nokia, was Finland’s bestselling narrative nonfiction title in 2013, and was selected as one of the year’s most fascinating books by the influential Suomen kuvalehti magazine. It has sold more than 40,000 copies in Finland.

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Jorma Ollila, CEO of Nokia from 1992 to 2006, turned the company into the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer. The book narrates Ollila’s personal and professional journey, exploring the fine line between stratospheric success and catastrophic failure, the nature of leadership – and the human element of business, including encounters with figures such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Praise for Against All Odds:

“Clearly and flowingly written, [Against All Odds] is a story of how Jorma Ollila views Nokia….An overarching theme is his appreciation for hard work and learning, which he learned from home. He approaches knowledge and science with great humility.”
Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Ollila’s biography paints a portrait of a hardworking and forward-looking man.
Suomen kuvalehti magazine, Finland (“Books of the Year 2013”)

Original publisher: FINLAND, Otava
ESTONIA, Äripäev (Bonnier)
TAIWAN, The Wind Publishing

Reading material:
Full English text
Finnish edition
English synopsis

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

About author

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila became the pre-eminent European businessman of his generation during his time as CEO of Nokia Corporation from 1992 to 2006. Ollila currently works as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Royal Dutch Shell and at Outokumpu. He has master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics, in engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology and in political science from the University of Helsinki.

Against All Odds: My Emotional Journey with Nokia (Mahdoton menestys: Kasvun paikkana Nokia, Otava 2013), Ollila’s autobiography of the company that created a global mobile revolution, was 2013’s bestselling narrative nonfiction book in Finland, and was selected as one of the year’s most fascinating books by the influential Suomen kuvalehti magazine.

Harri Saukkomaa, co-author of Against all Odds, is a well-known media expert, entrepreneur and author of several nonfiction books.


2013, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

Against All Odds: Leading Nokia from Near Catastrophe to Global Success

Jorma Ollila