Research in Motion (RIM) announced earlier today that it has named Thorsten Heins as President and the new CEO of the company. Thorsten Heins “joined RIM from Siemens Communications Group in December 2007 as Senior Vice President for Hardware Engineering and became Chief Operating Officer for Product and Sales in August 2011”. RIM’s former Co-Chair and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis becomes Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. Jim Balsillie, also the company’s former Co-CEO, stepped down from his post but still remains as member of the Board.
It should be noted that the Canadian phone maker’s BlackBerry handset faces stiff competition with iPhone and Android-powered devices, with reports that it even failed to hit quarterly sales targets. RIM shares slides despite of change of its CEOs. (more…)