RIM has a new CEO, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis are out


RIM’s two co-CEOs have just stepped down from their position from the company (effective tomorrow), handing over the reins of the company to Thorsten Heins, which previously held the position of COO of the company. The changes come after cstruggling to compete with smartphone rivals, namely Apple and Google. The new CEO has his work cut out for him, and as such has a few things planned to reinvigorate the brand, including the possible licensing of RIM’s BlackBerry OS to other manufacturers. Will BlackBerry’s luck finally turn in the US and thrive this year under Heins’ leadership? More importantly, will other smartphone manufacturers pick up BlackBerry OS? Do they have a reason to? All of that remains to be seen, though the company may still have some fight left in it especially since it’s under new management.

Source: RIM