RBC executive said to be a lock to replace Lazaridis and Balsillie at RIM

RBC executive said to be a lock to replace Lazaridis and Balsillie at RIM
With rumors engulfing RIM about the scrapping of all but one of their highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 models, can things get any worse for the beleaguered Canadian manufacturer? After all, RIM was counting on this new line of SuperPhones to compete with the likes of Apple and Android. In the corporate world, when a company starts breaking bad those at the top usually get the blame which is why there is speculation that co-founders and current co-Chairmen Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are on the way out.

According to All Things D multiple sources say that the duo will be replaced by Royal Bank of Canada executive Barbara Stymiest. One insider said that Stymiest's appointment as Chairwoman of RIM "is a lock" with the only uncertainty being when she will start her new job. A second source said that nothing final has been decided. Still, Stymiest would seem a good choice to man the helm (or is that wo-man the helm?) at the troubled manufacturer. A member of Royal Bank of Canada's Group Executive Team, Stymiest has sat on RIM's board since 2007 so she should be familiar with the inner workings of the company including the problems that BlackBerry has been suffering from.

At least one Wall Street analyst says that the selection of Stymiest would be a winner. Peter Misek of Jefferies told All Things D, "We would view such an announcement positively as we believe she will initiate a formal strategic review, possibly trim costs in the hardware business, and possibly announce additional partnerships; however, we continue to see an outright sale in the near-term as unlikely and see near-term results as challenged."

Both current Chairmen have taken the blame for the problems that dropped the price of RIM's shares by 70% in 2011. Laziridis and Balsillie have cut their annual pay to $1 each. During a conference calls with analysts in December, Lazaridis said, "We ask for your patience and confidence.We realize we've not met expectations." Last quarter the company took a $485 million charge for excess inventory of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Including the charge, profits dropped 71% in the third quarter.

source: AllThingsD

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5 Comments

1. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

About effing time.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Too little too late. The co-Bozos are still running the company into the ground.

3. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

It's just like in any sport ! The team doesn't change , you just have a new Coach ! And right now , that's what they need ! That's all . . .

4. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I was considering getting myself the sexy 9900 for corporate, but rather than that I prefer the company to get me an Iphone 4S to play with... My Galaxy S2 is still my main phone tough..!!!! hahaha

5. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

If it don´t work just replace it for a new one.. That´s all about business..

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