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Nov 06, 2013 Farewell letter from former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins to employees
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Thorsten Heins is still 'BlackBerry's biggest fan'

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Aug 16, 2013 What to make of BlackBerry CEO’s compensation in the event of a change of control
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Today I enjoyed reading an article from my friend Hugo Miller over at Bloomberg. He nicely summarizes the fact that Thorsten Heins stands to make $55.6 million in the event that BlackBerry is sold, and he is ousted as CEO. The details are all spelled out in a proxy filing from May.

I’ve read through the Bloomberg story and the proxy filing.  The situation is fairly complex, and I haven’t bothered to do all the math for the various possible scenarios.  But it is accurate to say that Thorsten Heins stands to be paid significantly more money if he is terminated in the event of a sale of BlackBerry compared to a termination that does not involve a sale of the company.  The legal speak for a sale of the company you’ll find in proxy filings is “change of control”.

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Aug 12, 2013 BlackBerry special committee to explore possible joint ventures, partnerships or even sale of company
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BlackBerry has announced today that the board of directors has formed a special committee to "explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment". The plan for the committee is to explore possible ventures for BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10 including possible joint ventures, partnerships or even a sale of the company.

The committee is comprised of Barbara Stymiest, Thorsten Heins, Richard Lynch and Bert Nordberg, and will be chaired by Timothy Dattels.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins added that:

"As the Special Committee focuses on exploring alternatives, we will be continuing with our strategy of reducing cost, driving efficiency and accelerating the deployment of BES 10, as well as driving adoption of BlackBerry 10 smartphones, launching the multi-platform BBM social messaging service, and pursuing mobile computing opportunities by leveraging the secure and reliable BlackBerry Global Data Network."

While the committee will look into these various options, there is no guarantee anything will come of it. Check out the full press release for more and read Chris' initial thoughts here

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Jul 15, 2013 BlackBerry CEO "absolutely not happy" with OS upgrade cycles through carriers
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As a part of our chat with BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins following this year's annual general meeting, we touched on what's going on with Z10 and Q10 OS updates, in particular those that should be rolling out through American carriers. The day before, AT&T finally got around to sending out 10.1 out to Z10 owners, but we're still waiting on Verizon. Thorsten said he was "absolutely not happy" with how long it was taking for OS updates to get to end-users, and explained a bit about how they're working with carriers and how the internal thinking at BlackBerry is changing. 

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Jul 12, 2013 BlackBerry CEO talks about bringing trackpad lovers to BlackBerry 10
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Something that came up in our interview with BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins following on the annual general meeting was the issue of educating users coming in from older, traditional OS 7 devices. Here on CrackBerry, we’ve definitely seen some new Q10 owners frustrated with the learning curve, meanwhile Z10 owners have opened the box without any expectations and ready to soak in a whole new experience. Continue Reading →
May 03, 2013 Thorsten Heins includes a special note with new employee devices
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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is a stand up guy all the way. We've seen him in person and in numerous interviews and appearances -- each time he continues to impress us. We're fairly sure that the employees at BlackBerry have taken a liking to him in the last year or so as well, especially after receiving their new BlackBerry 10 devices. 

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Apr 30, 2013 I highly doubt Thorsten Heins thinks the tablet market will die
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Yesterday, according to Bloomberg, Thorsten Heins dropped the following snipped:  "In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.”  As usual, the media is jumping all over this with headlines that take the comments to an extreme.  Hey, whatever gets the click for those guys.

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Apr 29, 2013 What tens of millions of Q10 sales mean for BlackBerry
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If you haven’t yet watched the interview with Thorsten Heins on Bloomberg, you should definitely watch the short clip. Adam already posted a summary here and the video is embedded.

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Mar 28, 2013 Thorsten Heins talks BlackBerry Q4 results with Bloomberg
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Bloomberg sits down with Thorsten Heins to discuss BlackBerry Q4 resullts

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Mar 22, 2013 CrackBerry video interview with BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins!
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With the Z10 officially arriving in the USA this week, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins was on location in New York City to celebrate the launch and spread the word via the US media that BlackBerry is back.

The CrackBerry team is also in NYC right now, so we were able to drop by Thorsten's hotel room on the eve of the launch and spend twenty minutes talking about the US launch and a whole lot more.  

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Mar 21, 2013 Thorsten Heins talks BlackBerry 10 with Piers Morgan
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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins talks BlackBerry 10 on Piers Morgan Tonight

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Mar 20, 2013 Thorsten Heins to be a guest on Piers Morgan Live
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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins will be appearing on Piers Morgan Live tonight on CNN. Piers Morgan is a long time BlackBerry user and supporter, so it should be an interesting interview to watch. The show airs in the US at 9PM on the East coast, but be sure to check your local listings for what time you can catch it. Alternatively, you should hopefully be able to watch the video later on the CNN website.

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Mar 18, 2013 Thorsten Heins not ready for another PlayBook; Says iPhone is dated
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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins may not be ready for another tablet just yet, but still has other projects in the works and is all about mobile computing.

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Mar 07, 2013 Thorsten Heins is now a Canadian citizen
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Feb 24, 2013 'We have now increased our production capacity.' - BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins
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Since the launch of BlackBerry 10 there has been a lot of speculation out there surrounding sales, available stock and who exactly is out there purchasing the new BlackBerry Z10. In a recent interview given to the Frankfurter General Newspaper, BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins gave some further background on the matters.

While not giving out exact numbers and simply stating they will come later after some more business is done, Thorsten did once again, confirm that sales of BlackBerry 10 smartphones exceeded expectations and that production capacity has been increased to help deal with the demand coming from carriers and consumers.

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Feb 05, 2013 Thorsten Heins and Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed welcome BlackBerry Z10 to Canada
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The air was electric this morning in the Rogers headquarters in Toronto as Thorsten Heins and Rogers head Nadir Mohamed introduced the BlackBerry Z10 to the Canadian media and fielded a handful of questions. It's a pretty momentous occasion, as this is the first firm sign of retail availability in North America, though Rogers is far from alone; Bell and TELUS are also offering this bad boy, and I'm getting the feeling WIND and Mobilicity will have it too, though they've been awfully quiet about the whole affair. Continue Reading →
Jan 31, 2013 Thorsten Heins talks BlackBerry 10 and what's next for mobile computing
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Jan 22, 2013 Looking back at Thorsten Heins' first year as BlackBerry CEO
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Today is Thorsten Heins' first anniversary as the CEO of Research In Motion, and it only seems fitting to recap the huge changes that we've seen since he took the job. Long story short - he's made a lot of incredibly important changes inside of the company.

So with it being the middle of January in Toronto, the very epicenter of CrackBerry Nation where the temperature is minus freakin' infinity, grab a warm beverage, sit back, and enjoy our look at the last 365 days of Thorsten's leadership.

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Jan 21, 2013 RIM rallies 11% in Canada in advance of Thorsten Heins’ one year anniverary as CEO
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Tomorrow (Tuesday) marks the one year anniversary of Thorsten Heins as the captain in charge of righting the BlackBerry ship. When he took the job, the stock was around $16 and on its way down. RIM's positioning was weak, and there was still a very long list of work to be done on BlackBerry 10 ahead of launch.

Today, with the US markets closed, RIM rallied nearly 11% to close at $17.41 on the Toronto Stock Exchange (equivalent to US $17.53 US). That's a nice rally ahead of an important anniversary for the BlackBerry boss.

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Jan 16, 2013 Thorsten Heins wins the Cantech Letter TSX Executive of the Year award
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Each year, Cantech Lettter founder Nick Waddell holds an awards ceremony to recognize the top executive in the Canadian technology sector.  The winner of the award is established by a voting process.  Equity analysts on the voting panel each get a vote, and readers of Cantech Letter get one collective vote.  

The analysts who vote on this award come from a variety of smaller dealers including Byron Capital Markets, Cormark Securities, Industrial Alliance Securities, M Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald (who's Canadian presence comes from the acquisition of Versant Partners).

This year, the winner was none other than Thorsten Heins.  

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Dec 24, 2012 CNBC's Joe Kernen feels the heat of the CrackBerry Nation
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In other news, it looks like CNBC's Joe Kernen felt the heat of the CrackBerry Nation on Twitter over the weekend. In case you missed it, Kernan chimed in at the end of a CNBC interview with RIM CEO Thorsten Heins. He didn't tread too tactfully however as he had this to say to Heins:

"You're at RIM and you're in Waterloo and you don't even care. Because even though you're in Waterloo, that doesn't even occur to you that this isn't going to work ... with the BlackBerry 10".

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Dec 21, 2012 RIM CEO: 'We are very very confident in BlackBerry 10'
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Following up on yesterday's earnings report, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins sat down for an interview with CNBC. We're still moving forward to the BlackBerry 10 launch at full force, however RIM is being analyzed on all levels regarding their financials and what's next before the launch. During the interview, Heins first talked a bit about service revenue and reiterated that they're not going anywhere. (Service revenues are the fees to which carriers and companies are charged for BIS/BES use.) While RIM will be offering new services with BlackBerry 10, the current service revenues won't be going away. 

"We are transitioning. We are not stopping, we are not halting, we are not disrupting. We are transitioning .. towards the next generation of BlackBerry devices and services". Heins stated that he's very satisfied with the reported results and feels that the transition to BlackBerry 10 is "prepared well and is going to be executed well". 

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Dec 15, 2012 Thorsten Heins nominated for Cantech Letter TSX Tech Exec of the Year award
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We're getting close to the end of the year and with that comes the Cantech Letter Awards, which honor Canada’s top technology stock and top technology stock executives. This year, the award winners, and the analysts who will vote on the awards will open the Toronto Stock Exchange trading day on Friday, January 11, 2013. Among them could be RIM CEO Thorsten Heins as he's been nominated as a finalist for the TSX Tech Exec of the Year. Cantech Letter presented the nominees and looking at their write up for Thorsten, it couldn't be more spot on: Continue Reading →
Nov 21, 2012 More video interviews with BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins!
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Following the announcement that the BlackBerry 10 Launch Event will take place on January 30th, 2013, Research In Motion followed up with another media blitz, with executives and product managers getting out there to talk and show off BlackBerry 10.

We already rounded up the highlights of several of Thorsten Heins' written interviews yesterday. Following that up, here we're looking at couple of great video interviews with the BlackBerry's Chief.

My old cohort in crime Dieter Bohn did a great job sitting down with Thortsen Heins. Check out his video above for The Verge. And below you can catch Tim Stevens of Engadget talking to Thorsten as well.

I love watching Thorsten Heins give interviews. He's very comfortable, very knowledgeable and knows how to address questions in a way that RIM's former Co-CEOs just never could. He's a great face and leader for the company we all know and love so much!

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Nov 20, 2012 BlackBerry CEO goes on another BlackBerry 10 media blitz, read the highlights
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BlackBerry 10 is the final stretch now. After a few delays, things are on track for a solid launch in 2013. RIM has locked down a date for a global launch event at the end of January, so it's full steam ahead now as the finishing touches are put on the new OS and the BlackBerry 10 platform. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins had another round of interviews with various media outlets and let everyone know that things are moving along on pace and BlackBerry 10 will be ready to go in 2013.  

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