Thorsten Heins takes over at RIM

There's no doubt that Thorsten Heins took on a huge challenge when he took over as the CEO of Research in Motion. But he's tackled the job with a degree of ownership and optimism.

Thorsten Heins
Thorsten Heins

Since taking over as the CEO of Research in Motion in January, Thorsten Heins has opted to go in a different direction than his predecessors. Aside from a few missteps here and there, Heins has been more open, held himself more accountable, and shown an enthusiasm when touting the BlackBerry 10 devices. He spent the first few months cleaning house and swapping in a new management team.

Of course, there's still that bit of old RIM, with the company yet again delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10 until next year. It's a disappointment for many faithful BlackBerry fans -- 80 million, as Heins is keen to point out. The future is uncertain for RIM, but there's been a higher degree of optimism surrounding the company than there has been in the past. Some of that is because of Heins, as well as the looming BlackBerry 10 launch.

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

 

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