Co-chief executive officers of manufacturer of BlackBerry Research In Motion (RIM) Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have stepped down in a bid to turnaround the firm’s recent poor sales.
An improved set of products could see more people recycle their mobile phones to get their hands on new handsets, if they are to design and launch further devices.
Chief operating officer Thorsten Heins will assume the role of chief executive and lead the search for a new chief marketing officer to replace Keith Pardy who left the company last March.
“RIM earned its reputation by focusing relentlessly on the customer and delivering unique mobile communications solutions. We intend to build on this heritage to expand BlackBerry’s leadership position,” he added.
RIM is currently the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the UK with 17.4 per cent of the market according to comScore data for November.
The company announced at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show that BlackBerry smartphones had finally become Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing customers to turn their phones into beacons in certain spots around the world.
Posted by Peter Robinson