The top mobile stories from the past 72 hours, served with cream and two sugars.
RIM: Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis step down, co-COO Thorsten Heins is the new CEO (via The Verge)
Additionally, another board member, Barbara Stymiest, has replaced them as chairwoman of RIM’s board. Lazaridis is now the vice chairman on the board and Balsillie also remains on the board, but “without any “operational role,” according to Bloomberg.
At Research In Motion, a new CEO vows to silence the doomsayers (via The Globe and Mail)
Research In Motion Ltd.’s new chief executive officer says the company is on the right course and does not need a change in strategy, and instead must focus on marketing as the company attempts to revive flagging BlackBerry sales.
Interview: New RIM CEO Talks Change (via PC Mag)
It’s time for RIM to grow up, new CEO Thorsten Heins told PCMag in a Sunday evening phone interview. All is not right at the BlackBerry maker, but “flawless execution” and a less improvisational approach to innovation will help fix the company’s sinking market share in North America, he said.
Research In Motion’s New CEO Needs More Than Just “Flawless Execution” (via ReadWriteWeb)
Who is Thorsten Heins? He is a product designer and engineer that rose to be the COO under Balsillie and Lazaridis. Most people outside of the smartphone industry may not know of him for precisely that reason. RIM’s co-CEOs have never been known to share the spotlight.
Meet Thorsten Heins, RIM President and CEO (via Inside BlackBerry)
Mr. Heins came to RIM in December 2007 from the industrial conglomerate Siemens AG. After serving as Chief Executive Officer of various business divisions in the communication business, Mr. Heins moved to Chief Technology Officer and member of the Group Board of the Siemens Communications Group.
Factbox: Little known insider at RIM’s helm
Thorsten Heins, named as the next chief executive of Canada’s Research in Motion, joined the company just four years ago and was one of two chief operating officers at the BlackBerry maker prior to his unexpected promotion.