Feeds

Top RIM jobs shake-up: Heads roll... but not very far

Heins spills beans on BlackBerry rescue plan

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Comment Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have stepped down as co-CEOs at RIM, but sacrificial lambs have to be sacrificed, not kept knocking around while things continue as usual.

Lazaridis hangs on as vice-chairmain, and gets control of a new "Innovation Committee" within the company, while Balsillie will have to content himself with a board position, but what's most remarkable about their replacement – former COO Thorsten Heins – is that he firmly believes the only thing preventing RIM's success is that people don't know how great it is.

RIM had to sacrifice someone, sales are down and shareholders are calling for change, but while the company has a new head, the thoughts inside it look very similar to those it has replaced, and anyone expecting a change of direction will be sadly disappointed.

That may be, in part, because Heins was chosen by those he succeeded, but speaking to reporters he repeatedly emphasised the great decisions made by those he was replacing, to the point where one might wonder why they were being replaced at all.

So his predecessors are "visionaries" who "pioneered the smartphone industry" and "took a bold step" in buying QNX which (it turns out) was "the right path to go [down]". There were "bumps on the road", but "we are strong today because of what we've been though". Plans for the future are limited to "continu[ing] to develop customer-focused products" and "make sure employees have the tools available to help them succeed".

There was much more along those lines, platitudes delivered in scripted monotone. When asked directly what he was going to do to turn the company around, Heins claimed the company didn't need turning around, only greater "market communications" – and even that was just for the USA.

The only point on which Heins was adamant, and showed any trace of emotion, was scotching any talk of selling off parts of the business and breaking up RIM. He was "prepared to entertain" licensing BlackBerry 10, but given that it's not even out yet it's hard to imagine who would be interested in taking a licence.

RIM has beheaded its board to show shareholders that it can change, only it hasn't changed and is still betting everything on BlackBerry 10 (the new platform based on QNX), which will arrive on the PlayBook next month. The face at the top might be different but the company remains unchanged. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA
Yes, the National Association of Theater Owners is quite upset
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.