Hear RIM’s new CEO. Then speak your mind.

January 23, 2012
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For many BlackBerry users and smartphone industry pundits, this Youtube video was their first close-up look at new Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins.

RIM, which announced Heins’ elevation and the resignations of co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis on Sunday night, no doubt posted the clip in hopes of introducing the world to their new frontman, and getting their message out there.

Judging by the torrent of biting comments that followed, being “on track” might not have been the best message to relay. Many investors and consumers have been calling for a new strategy to stem the BlackBerry’s market share slide.

“This is a bad joke on a Sunday night. Quote from the video “if we continue doing well what we are doing” Is he out of his mind?” offers RSPRATAS.

Others also took umbrage at Heins’ upbeat comments.

“I feel bad for this guy…I don’t think anyone at RIM told him the research has stopped…” quipped zachgosteady.

Several investment analysts admitted to knowing little about the former Siemens CTO and four-year RIM veteran, preferring to reserve their judgement until a Monday morning conference call. But Youtube’s denizens were not so circumspect.

“The demeanor of this new CEO does not inspire any confidence at all!” vmcla offered.  “The outgoing made the right move by moving on; but has the right replacement been chosen?”

Sounds like, in cyberspace at least, Heins might have his work cut out for him. Still, the German-born exec can at least count on the BlackBerry faithful still, apparently, out there.

“I really hope that this change will bring you back to the powerful state you used to be in, and that you are supposed to be in!!” loveboon enthused.

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