“Research In Motion Ltd. shook up its top management, replacing co-Chief Executive Officers Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, who guided the BlackBerry maker for two decades and struggled to compete against Apple Inc.,” Scott Moritz and Hugo Miller report for Bloomberg.
“Thorsten Heins, a chief operating officer who joined RIM four years ago from Siemens AG, will replace the pair in the CEO post effective immediately, RIM said in a statement,” Moritz and Miller report. “Director Barbara Stymiest will take over as chairman, as the two also cede their co-chairmen positions. Lazaridis, who founded RIM in 1984, will become vice chairman; Balsillie will remain a board member without any operational role.”
Moritz and Miller report, “The shakeup comes after Balsillie and Lazaridis showed little sign of being able to stop Apple and Google Inc.’s gains as the Silicon Valley companies remade the mobile-computing market with devices such as the iPhone and iPad.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’d say that Amateur Hour is over, but WTF Thorsten Heins? And, HTF is he going to reanimate that pancaked mess of Apple roadkill?
He’s not. Nobody is going to save beleaguered RIM. Forget Thorsten Heins; Francesco Schettino would have been the perfect choice to helm the voyage RIM is on.
One good thing: Now DCW only needs one signature when they file for bankruptcy or sell off the antiquated, hopelessly outmatched disaster.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers”Fred Mertz,” “Opportun,” “Orwell Kowalyshyn,” “Terry P.,” and “Jai Gill” for the heads up.]