Will a Change in RIM Leadership Save BlackBerry?
Take a look at our predictions for the biggest losers of 2012, and you’ll see that, for one reason or another, many of us at Pocketnow have our doubts about RIM’s ability to remain a major smartphone player in the coming years. We’re not the only ones who have been critical about the company, and much of that analysis has turned to the usefulness and necessity of the odd two-man co-CEO arrangement RIM currently is using. That may all be about to change, with a report due by the end of the month that will make recommendations about what changes are needed within the company’s leadership structure.
While nothing’s official yet, rumors suggest that the report could recommend that RIM abandon the co-CEO idea and appoint an independent chair. Lead in the running is supposedly Barbara Stymiest, now one of the independent directors preparing the report.
It’s clear from the supposed insider confessional that emerged late last month that there’s some serious doubt even within RIM’s community that the company is making the right calls about BlackBerry 10 and the associated wave of new hardware. Could getting the company back on-track be as simple as finding some new leadership? Of course, it will be more complicated than that, but having the right person at the helm could be just the way to get change started. After the report on these recommendations comes out, RIM’s board should make its decision about the company’s future within another month.