RIM's Last Remaining Co-Founder Leaves BlackBerry

Posted March 28, 2013 at 5:08pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 4899 views

Mike Lazaridis, the last remaining RIM co-founder and former co-CEO, is leaving BlackBerry, reports the WSJ. He will retire as vice-chairman effective May 1st.

“[RIM CEO] Thorsten [Heins] and his team did an excellent job in completing BlackBerry 10,” he said in a statement. “We have a great deal of which to be proud. I believe I am leaving the company in good hands. I remain a huge fan of BlackBerry and, of course, wish the company and its people well.”

BlackBerry is now without any of its three co-founders. Former co-CEO Jim Balsillie left in March 2012, and Douglas Fregin retired from vice-president of operations in 2007.

“I admire Mike for his many achievements and for his vision in helping bring BlackBerry 10 to fruition,” Heins said in a statement. “On a personal level, I am grateful to Mike for his help, guidance and advice during my first 15 months as CEO of BlackBerry. I wish him all the best.”

BlackBerry is currently launching its new BlackBerry 10 operating system alongside two new devices, the Z10 and Q10.

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The Programmer - March 30, 2013 at 2:51am
BB/RIM its an anchor! even the Co-founders all jumped ship!... They finally woke up and realized how fast this ship is sinking, they them selves jumped in shark infested waters to get away!... I even heard thru rumors that one of the Co-founders changed his name Due to the embarrassment!...lol... "Swim shmucks"
ioncewasoncrackberry - March 28, 2013 at 5:39pm
one advice stop making over priced shitty apps on the BB because no ones going to pay for that shit. remember seeing most of the app cost 4.99 and was crap compared to apples/android .99c apps that did the same thing
Kumag - March 29, 2013 at 2:56pm
U are right..
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