Many folks would likely agree that, between things like name-related lawsuits and less than stellar PlayBook sales, the year of 2011 wasn't exactly kind to RIM. However, a new report has suggested that the Waterloo firm may kick off 2012 with a bang in the form of a change-up at the position of chairman of the board. According to sources speaking with the Financial Post, RIM is preparing to announce that Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie will soon give up their titles as chairmen, though both men will retain their roles as co-CEO. The frontrunner for the new chair is said to be Barbara Stymiest, who joined RIM's board in 2007 and is also part of the committee that was tasked with reviewing possible management changes last year.
The ousting of Lazaridis and Balsillie as chairmen of the board may not be quite the corporate shakeup that some would like to see at RIM, but such a move would still be a pretty big change for the company, and it'd be interesting to see what effects a new chair would have on the BlackBerry manufacturer. The committee that's examining RIM's leadership and reportedly considering Stymiest as the new chairperson will be reporting its findings on January 31st, so the good news is that we don't have long to wait before more details on the situation at RIM come out. More on this as we get it!