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RIM co-CEOs resign: Queen's University

2012-01-25

Queen’s University business professor John Pliniussen is available to comment on Research in Motion co-CEO’s Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepping down from their struggling company.

Dr. Pliniussen, who specializes in technology and business innovation, has been saying for a long time that RIM co-founders Balsillie and Lazaridis should step aside. However, Dr. Pliniussen doesn’t feel Thorsten Heins is the right choice to turn around the Canadian company.

“Thorsten Heins takes over from RIM’s co-CEOS. It’s the right move but the wrong guy. Notice a flurry of exciting PR about anything that accompanies this announcement? Of course not because he’s been there four years and is part of the reason behind RIM’s underwhelming product and marketing missteps. What RIM needs is someone who already has world-class marketing, product development and turnaround expertise versus someone who now gets to practice that in his first CEO role,” says Dr. Pliniussen.

Please note on Monday Jan. 23, Dr. Pliniussen is only available for phone interviews between 11:30 am to 3 pm.

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