Northwest & Ethical Investments LP had once proposed to split the roles of chairman and CEO, and voting was originally scheduled on general meeting
. However, the proposal might have withdrawn after RIM has agreed to form a committee to study its leadership, and tried to increase the business under the co-CEOs leadership.
NEI agreed to help drafting the new committee's mandate, and the committee will have to reach a conclusion by Jan 31 2012. RIM now has around six months to prove that there is an actual business necessity for the co-CEOs to retain their co-chairman titles.
Lazaridis told investors that Bold 9900 is just one of the seven new models coming out this year, and the 4G version of the PlayBook is going to launch in September too.
Back into January, the roadmap of RIM for 2011 has been leaked,
which suggest that 2011 is a little more than just a year of successor models. Touchscreen has been added to some BlackBerry devices, like the Bold Touch 9900 and rumored full-touch Curve with code name "Malibu". Also, a successor of Torch might be launched, named Torch 2, and there will be a new Torch model codenamed "Monaco", a full-touched variant of Torch without a QWERTY keyboard.
As more and more news appeared that shows the leaks has become the reality, we have a basic idea on what to expect in the second half of 2011.
But, is that enough for the co-CEOs to sustain the position? I am not very sure. Product portfolio is crucial, but it's not the only thing to make a company successful. However, even major shareholders has voiced out for a change, the management didn't have solid solution, apart from trying to buy time throwing out more products.
After all, the co-CEOs have been re-elected as directors for the time being. Let's sees if the two can pass the "probation".