RIM Director Roger Martin: ‘Do We Have To Hand Over The Company To Children Or Morons From The Outside World?’

Posted on Feb 14 2012 - 7:51am by Editorial Staff

Following the piece of news – actually controversy already surrounding the BlackBerry phone maker – Research in Motion – with the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer Thorston Heins – adding to this now the company’s director is found arguing that the company could not have chosen a person from outside for the CEO position because the is the only choice available at that time were all idiots.

Research in Motion early last announced that Thorsten Heins as company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee.

“So we’re supposed to hand it over to children or morons from the outside who will destroy the company?” RIM director Roger Martin told The Globe and Mall in an interview. “Or should we try to build our way to having succession?” It was only late last fall, he says, that a RIM executive, Thorsten Heins, clearly emerged as the next leader – and it was the co-CEOs who pulled the trigger on the internal transition.

Mr. Martin who has just come to discuss about his life as dean of U and T’s Rotman School of Management where he left his lucrative consulting careers and even also emerged as one of the world’s leading management thinkers – but today, as of now, he is pulling up his legs in a two pressing issues – the Super Bowl loss and the fate of RIM.

As for those that argue RIM should license its software and give up on an integrated hardware business, Martin also had some words of wisdom: “So that is what the geniuses who have all these clever thoughts about business models are saying – and a big piece of me just laughs: Have you no memory? Do you not even think?”

The statements cleared a lot of sense that RIM was not prepared yet for the rise of the iPhone and Android – and when moving towards the new “stiff” in the market, the company failed to make it successful move.

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