In a statement that defies the gloomy disposition of tech industry observers with struggling Research In Motion (RIM), CEO Thorsten Heins said on Tuesday that “there’s nothing wrong” with the BlackBerry-maker.
In an interview with the Metro Morning radio show of the Candian Broadcasting Corp, Heins – who replaced former co-CEOs and co-founders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis in January – is quoted as saying: “There’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now.”
“I’m not talking about the company as I, kind of, took it over six months ago. I’m talking about the company (in the) state it’s in right now,” he explained.
The RIM CEO also brushed off criticisms that the company is in a death spiral saying “This company is not ignoring the world out there, nor is it in a death spiral.”
“Yes, it is very, very challenged at the moment — specifically in the U.S. market. The way I would describe it: we’re in the middle of a transition,” he explained. “I’m positive we will emerge successfully from that transition.”
The remarks come after RIM posted a $518 million loss for the first quarter of the year which is the company’s first net loss in eight years.
Furthermore, RIM also announced that it is cutting 5,000 jobs from its payroll, a huge cut considering the company has only 16,500 employees.
To make matters more complicated for RIM, they also previously announced that their BlackBerry 10 mobile operating platform would yet again be delayed which also means that smartphones that run on the system will also be delayed. The future of RIM is virtually dependent on how successful the BlackBerry 10 OS and smartphones are.
Needless to say, Heins has always been optimistic about the company. The former Siemens AG chief technology officer said during the company’s report of its disappointing Q1 performance that “Our first-quarter results reflect the market challenges I have outlined since my appointment as CEO at the end of January. I am not satisfied with these results and continue to work aggressively with all areas of the organization.”
Furthermore, he stressed that he “will not deliver a product to market that will not meet the needs of our customers” with BlackBerry 10. He also said that “there’s a lot of competition coming (for RIM),” that “that’s the nature of the consumer electronics business” and that RIM is “not afraid of it.”
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