Beleaguered RIM looking to replace half-chairmen Lazaridis and Balsillie, sources say

“Under intense pressure from a group of shareholders, Research in Motion Ltd. is preparing to unveil a corporate shakeup at the beleaguered BlackBerry maker that could see co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie relinquish their titles as co-chairmen of the board, according to sources,” Theresa Tedesco and Matt Hartley report for The Financial Post.

“Barbara Stymiest, an independent director who joined RIM’s board in 2007, is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Messrs. Balsillie and Lazaridis as chair, sources familiar with events said,” Tedesco and Hartley report. “A committee of seven independent directors of RIM’s board, including Ms. Stymiest, have been examining the company’s board structure, including the merits of having an independent chair rather than a lead director and the ‘business necessity’ for Messrs. Lazaridis and Balsillie — who are also co-CEOs — to hold significant board titles.”

Tedesco and Hartley report, “The widely anticipated report by the company’s independent directors is scheduled to be delivered by Jan. 31. The company’s full nine board members — including Messrs. Lazaridis and Balsillie — will also respond to the report’s recommendations within 30 days.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Lazaridis and Balsillie. Proof that two halfs don’t always make a whole, but they can certainly make a hole.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Andrew W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Stock drops 80% and then you do it? Too little, too late. My bet is 5% chance RIM is not sold in 2012.

    Shareholders were dunces as far back as 2009 to have not replaced them.

      1. This whole mess will get even worse; the twins probably have terrific golden parachutes that will bankrupt what’s left after their ouster. These two remind me of Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd in “Diamonds are Forever.”

  2. For replacements may I suggest Laural and Hardy? Abbott and Costello? Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis?

    What do you mean they are all dead?

    Isn’t Lewis still kicking?

  3. The ship just side swiped an ice berg. Jolted from their deep slumber, they purposefully begin rearranging the deck chairs. Well now, maybe they should be looking for a life jacket and a way off that ship. On second thought, the CEO’s should down down with the ship just like a Ships Captain.

  4. Honestly — what can possibly be done now? They had their chance, and they sat on their thumbs while Apple took it away from them. It’s too late now.


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