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BlackBerry got a new plan and a temporary new boss

November 5, 2013

BlackBerry got new plan and a temporary new boss

The belaguered BlackBerry has scrapped the old plan to go private, and received a billion investment from Fairfax Financial and other investors. But the bigger news are that Thorsten Heins is ousted, and being replaced by John S. Chen as executive chair and interim CEO.

Reuters interviewed the 58-year old upcoming interim CEO about how he intend to continue making the BlackBerry phones, although they’re losing money in the business, while rebuilding the company:

Chen is known to be a straight shooter who does not have patience for finger-pointing or complaining about something without suggesting what he feels is a legitimate proposal for fixing it.

One former employee says that Chen got riled up when a manager suggested changing the name of a product to boost lackluster sales. He responded by asking if it would also make sense to change the names of your children if they got bad grades in school.

“There is a lot to do,” he said in the interview. “There are a lot of challenges or otherwise I would not be interested.”

Sounds like he’s the right man for the job, time will tell if he’s worthy to drop the “interim” moniker and become full time CEO for the company.

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