Today marks the two-year anniversary of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie leaving BlackBerry. There was certainly plenty of news over the course of their tenure at BlackBerry, but there was arguably more that went down at BlackBerry in just the two short years after they left the company than all of the previous years combined.
The two stepped down from their positions as co-CEO in January 2012 and Thorsten Heins took the wheel for what would be a bumpy road. During his time as CEO we saw the company rebranded from RIM to BlackBerry, new execs appointed, the addition of Frank Boulben as CMO (and of course Alicia Keys), the launch of BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry's "strategic review" and the company nearly going private. Sadly things didn't go quite as planned under Thorsten Heins' watch and in November of last year he too stepped down from BlackBerry as John Chen was named the new BlackBerry CEO.
Here's a look at the biggest stories to come from BlackBerry over the past two years:
- Press Release: Research In Motion Names Thorsten Heins President and CEO
- As RIM announces Q4 2012 earnings, Jim Balsillie resigns from company's board
- After much waiting, are RIM’s new CMO/COO executive hires any good?
- Press Release: Research In Motion Appoints New Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer
- Press Release: Research In Motion CEO Provides Business Update
- Balsillie and Lazaridis to receive nearly $12 million in parting gifts
- Press Release: Research In Motion Reports Q1 Results for Fiscal 2013 - BlackBerry 10 phones delayed until Q1 2013
- RIM CEO interview confirms January BlackBerry 10 launch
- Steven Zipperstein selected as new Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Research In Motion
- BlackBerry CEO shows off BlackBerry 10 hardware and further confirms multiple devices launching in 2013
- Press Release: BlackBerry 10 Launch Event to be Held January 30th, 2013
- Research In Motion rebranded to BlackBerry
- Full QWERTY BlackBerry Q10 announced!!
- All-touch BlackBerry Z10 officially announced!
- Mike Lazaridis steps down from BlackBerry Board
- BBM to go cross-platform this summer!!
- BlackBerry Q5 QWERTY announced - Coming in red, white, black and pink
- BlackBerry Introduces BBM Channels
- BlackBerry special committee to explore possible joint ventures, partnerships or even sale of company
- Press Release: BlackBerry Introduces the New BlackBerry Z30 Smartphone with 5” Display and BlackBerry 10.2 OS
- Fairfax Financial consortium agrees to purchase BlackBerry for $4.7 billion
- Mike Lazaridis is considering an acquisition of BlackBerry
- BlackBerry receives $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial and other investors, John S. Chen to be appointed Interim CEO; Prem Watsa Lead Director
- Farewell letter from former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins to employees
- BlackBerry announces management and board changes as Frank Boulben, Kristian Tear and Brian Bidulka leave company
- BlackBerry appoints John Sims as President, Global Enterprise Services
- BlackBerry Announces Five-Year Strategic Partnership With Foxconn
- BlackBerry appoints Ron Louks to take over leadership of devices business
- BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis sells off $26-million in BBRY shares
- Hot off the wire: BlackBerry Announces Completion of Acquisition of Additional U.S. $250 Million Debentures by Fairfax
- BlackBerry CEO on canceling BlackBerry Live: "For 2014 we decided to spend the money differently"
- Why yesterday’s news about BlackBerry in the Pentagon matters so much
John Chen is now a few months into his role at CEO of BlackBerry. He's already hard at work behind the scenes — changing up some of the executive team, sorting out a partnership with Foxconn and going full-steam ahead with his new strategy for BlackBerry. So far, so good. The stock price is up on the news of the Pentagon activating 80,000 devices and it doesn't look like things are slowing down. Chen knows what he wants and will do whatever he needs to in order to execute his plan.
We'll see how things pan out over the next few months, but looking back it's crazy to see just how much has gone down with BlackBerry since Mike and Jim stepped down.
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