Blackberry Maker Gets a New CEO
Removing its co-CEOs, Blackberry-maker Research in Motion is installing Thorsten Heins as its new chief to not-so-raucous applause. The news this morning amounts to a reshuffling of RIM's top brass: Heins is being promoted up from COO of the company while co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie will stay on as members of the board of directors, a fact that has tech writers not very confident that the move will be enough to save BlackBerry from its struggling sales. SplatF's Dan Frommer writes, "Unless Heins is secretly a rare, freakish visionary genius whose creativity has been stifled by his former bosses for all these years — he’s been at RIM since 2007, right when it started to get into trouble — he’s not going to save the company from its decline." Engadget also registers its dissatisfaction with the move in an editorial, writing "Anyone who assumes that a simple CEO swap is the answer to all of RIM's issues is woefully misinformed, or worse, just blinded by false hope." And finally, Peter Kafka quips about RIM, "Time for a change. But not too much change!"
If you'd like to hear somebody say something positive about the move, you'll probably have to listen to Heins talking up his promotion in the meet-the-new-boss video below.