Thorsten Heins Turns 55 TodayI shall start by wishing Thorsten Heins a happy birthday. For those of you reading who are unsure as to whether Heins is the right man to bring BlackBerry back from the edge upon which it is so precariously perched, be enlightened by the fact that these waters are not new to Mr. Heins. Thor as I like to call him has been at BlackBerry since the launch of the Apples iPhone in 2007. Prior to RIM he worked for a length of time at Siemens AG where we served as a senior executive, leaving the German conglomerate whilst being their CTO (Chief Technology Officer).I’ll quote an amazing Globe and Mail article for the rest of Heins background. Realize that RIM is in great and capable hands.
Lothar Pauly, who rose to become CEO of Siemens Communications in 2005, worked with Mr. Heins for about a decade, later providing Mr. Lazaridis and Mr. Balsillie a reference. Mr. Pauly said Mr. Heins gave Siemens’ optical networking group three directives: Take the lead back in innovation, become profitable again and reclaim market share. That involved “cutting heads,” as Mr. Pauly puts it. Not only was Mr. Heins’ strategy successful, it was valuable training for a similarly dire situation at RIM.”
And another great summary from Seeking Alpha:
Heins earned himself a reputation as a leader who could get things done after he successfully turned around Siemens’s struggling optics division in 2002. Shortly after, the unit went on to become the most profitable division of Siemens as they “couldn’t build enough of the product”. Fortunately for RIM, those skills were a perfect fit as he inherited a company long on innovation but desperately short on execution.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins Turns 55 Today Amidst BlackBerry Turnaround Bid | NerdBerry.net
Join me in wishing him Happy Birthday!
- 12-29-12, 06:29 PM #5
Thorsten Heins Turns 55 Today
Now I know this was all written in the stars..55... 5+5=10
Sent from my BlackBerry by Choice using TapatalkI waited...It launched...Im still waiting...
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12-30-12, 02:01 AM #11
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Dear Thorsten Heins,
I generally refer to you as The Mighty Thor. It is a moniker I believe you deserve and have earned. The Norse God of Thunder. Sturm und Drung. You know when to swing your Mighty Hammer, when to let loose the thunder and lightning. You know when to sheath the iron fist in a velvet glove.
You have spent your life preparing for this moment. A giant comeback on a giant stage.
You have not thrown your predecessors under the bus. You have owned up to their mistakes as your own ,all the while homing to True North with the certainty of an atomic clock, of the One True Compass.
Your intelligence dwarfs those who would belittle you.
Of you it has been said, "He has the heart of an engineer and the mind of a German businessman. ".
Your commitment to excellence is unflagging.
Happy Birthday, my friend.
You are 55 Years old - the sum of which is 10.
You are not old...you have but begun.
We invented the Smartphone Business...
We're takin' it back!
- 12-30-12, 02:37 AM #12
Thorsten Heins Turns 55 Today
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Thorsten Heins!
Am Anfang war ich mir nicht sicher, dass Sie der Richtige für diesen mehr als schwierigen Job sind (wir haben alle noch das Siemens-Nokia-Trauma). Inzwischen bin ich mir sicher: Man hätte keinen besseren Mann finden können!
Außerdem zeigt das mal wieder: ich sollte nicht über Sachen nachdenken, die ich nicht beurteilen kann.
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