RIM co-CEOs step down, one co-COO steps up, no change in strategy
posted by Michael H. / Jan 22, 2012, 10:07 PM
In addition to the shakeup in the CEO position, board member Barbara Stymiest, who had been seen as a lock to take over the CEO position, has taken over the chair of the board. Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis will both retain significant shares in the company, and possibly worse (depending on how you view their careers with RIM) both will remain on the board, with Lazaridis actually taking over as vice-chairman.
Thorsten Heins worked at Siemens for 20 years before joining RIM in 2007. RIM said that the company's strategy will remain unchanged and that it will still be pushing BlackBerry 10 this year. But, Heins has thrown a wrinkle into that process with a hint that the company may be looking into licensing the BlackBerry 10 operating system if it is successful. Of course, finding that success still looks like a struggle for RIM, given that it has had to cut the number of BB10 devices slated for release.
source: The Verge
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This will be the tipping point. The inability to for RIM to compete at the level they have in the past will only get worse if they do not reinvent themselves. They do not have to give up who they are, just the way they approach business. They can do it, especially with as many loyal fans they still have. But, boy is it an uphill fight.
posted on Jan 22, 2012, 10:38 PM 1
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Mmmm this might be a good idea.. Looking at the pattern RIm stocks raise last week due to rumors that samsung will be buying them (not True btw). With this kind of strategy they could win some time and get the shareholder to invest more so they could start the way up. I dont know if it will work but RIM still have ways out of the situation they are right now. I hope they put some tech behind the phones as they are last OS among windows IOS and Android
posted on Jan 22, 2012, 11:37 PM 1
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Huh. It finally happened. They were probably asked to step down. Now let's see if BB10's release schedule can get pushed up.
posted on Jan 23, 2012, 12:06 AM 0
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Guys. Don´t you understand? RIM is cool for corporate. I just bought a 64GB Playbook for 299 from their online store & this tablet is ok for me... Also the company I works for bought me a 9900 for corporate use... I have my Galaxy S2 I9100, but the Playbook/9900 Combo is very classy... I´m an Android Fanboy, but I have to admit that QNX is smooth & sweet.
posted on Jan 23, 2012, 4:20 AM 1
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