BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion has reported its Q4 2012 results, and as expected, RIM’s results came in below expectations. Among other layoffs, the company’s former co-CEO Jim Balsille has resigned from the board of directors, news that presumably caused after-hours trading on RIM shares to halt after a nearly 3 percent price spike.
News that Balsille is out was especially unexpected. He said in a statement: “As I complete my retirement from RIM, I’m grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success.”
Software CTO David Yach and COO of Global Operations Jim Rowan have also been axed.
Low expectations for RIM’s Q4 results were in order. RIM’s stock has lost more than 75 percent of its value in the past year, as Apple and various Android phone makers like Samsung and Motorola dominate the mobile market. The news has been uniformly bad: BlackBerrys have been delegated to second-tier status, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has gained no traction against the iPad in the enterprise, and the new CEO of the company, Thorstein Heins, has been hesistant to change course. Heins will be on the line for his first-ever earnings call at 2 p.m. PT.