Meet Thorsten Heins, RIM President and CEO

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Team BlackBerry, we wanted you to be among the first to meet and greet new Research In Motion President and CEO, Thorsten Heins. Prior to today’s announcement, Mr. Heins was one of RIM’s two Chief Operating Officers and, before that, Senior Vice President for the Handheld Business Unit. He played key roles in the creation of RIM’s product portfolio.

First the official word on Thorsten’s background: Mr. Heins came to RIM in December 2007 from the industrial conglomerate Siemens AG. He joined Siemens in 1984 after graduating from the University of Hannover in his native Germany. At Siemens, Mr. Heins rose through the ranks of R&D customer service, sales and product management positions. After serving as Chief Executive Officer of various business divisions in the communication business, Mr. Heins moved to Chief Technology Officer and member of the Group Board of the Siemens Communications Group. He came to RIM after being impressed by the level of innovation displayed by founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.

Now we’d like you to hear from Thorsten himself.

On RIM’s Strengths…

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On the next 5 years…

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On growth and enthusiasm…

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On PlayBook 2.0…

[YouTube link for mobile viewing]

On the best people…

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On motivation…

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On his proudest moment…

[YouTube link for mobile viewing]

Team BlackBerry: Do you have a question or comment for Thorsten or the BlackBerry team? Add a comment below. While it’s not possible to respond to all, we do promise to read each and every one.

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