Blackberry shakeup in the works—
Research in Motion, the company responsible for the BlackBerry line of mobile phones and the PlayBook tablet announced that Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO and co-founder of the Canadian based firm, has resigned his post as a member of the board of directors at RIM.
Demoted and counting chairs
In January, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, who founded the company and ran RIM as co-CEOs, were removed from their positions and replaced by Thorsten Hein, who previously held the post of chief operating officer at RIM.
Balsillie’s position on the board apparently had no direct influence or say in running the company, while Mike Lazaridis, the other co-founder of the company, became a vice-chairman of RIM.
Balsillie says goodbye
Balsillie and Lazaridis spearheaded the movement that helped to make mobile phones a popular consumer item in the late 1990s with the release of RIM’s BlackBerry mobile phone. But due to stagnation in its design and ever increasing competition from Apple and Android mobile phones, RIM has lost much of its market share.
Balsillie thanked his coworkers and RIM for his time at the company and stated:
“As I complete my retirement from RIM, I’m grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success.”
Other top executives leave
In an apparent inner company shakeup, two other high-level executives announced their departures from RIM; David Yach, the chief technical officer and Jim Rowan, chief operating officer of global operations.
What the future holds
The iconic look of the BlackBerry mobile phone, with its QWERTY-styled keyboard, has remained virtually unchanged since its introduction more than a decade ago. This consistent design is appreciated by fans of the brand but has done nothing to increase business with new customers.
RIM is banking on its success on the release of its new BlackBerry phone next year, but if it is another rehash of the old design, RIM may have finally met its Waterloo or major defeat for its mobile phone business.
Via Montreal Gazette
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Written by: Frank Ling on Friday, March 30, 2012 – 12:31 PM