RIM's Heins: BlackBerry-maker not 'in a death spiral'

Summary:The new chief executive of Research in Motion defends his company, despite, well, everything.


You've got to give it to Thorsten Heins: he's certainly trying.

The new Research in Motion CEO said during a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio interview that the mobile company best known for its once-ubiquitous BlackBerry device has come a long way since he took office.

"There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," he said on the Toronto-based program Metro Morning.

He added: "I'm not talking about the company as I, kind of, took it over six months ago. I'm talking about the company [in the] state it's in right now."

That's certainly a tough pill to swallow for industry watchers after the company posted huge first-quarter losses and delays to its BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is supposed to help turn the company's fortunes around.

The OS is now slated for next year.

"This company is not ignoring the world out there, nor is it in a death spiral," he said.

To be fair, Heins wasn't exactly tin-eared to the company's situation, calling RIM "very, very challenged" in the U.S. market. But with little evidence of the success of the changes he's made, Heins's greatest role yet may not be saving the company, but convincing the rest of the industry that it can be done in the first place.

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Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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