Mike Lazaridis to fill vacancy at CTIA

I have a feeling that this newspiece has Mike Lazaridis remembering his grade school days, always being picked last for touch football during recess because the other nerdy kid had to attend a math competition. RIM’s CEO and BlackBerry-boaster will be taking the place of Motorola’s Ed Zander at this year’s CTIA conference, joining execs from Microsoft and AT&T for the opening keynote. Not a bad gig, and let’s hope that childhood resentment doesn’t shine through during his speech.

“Mike Lazaridis is a welcome addition to a stellar keynote lineup this year,” said Robert Mesirow, vice president of operations and show director for the CTIA Wireless 2007 event. “BlackBerry smartphones are a common sight in the world today as a result of Mike’s longstanding vision.”

According to CTIA, Lazaridis “is expected to address the fast-paced world of mobile convergence and the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

Zander abruptly canceled his scheduled CTIA keynote appearance shortly before Motorola announced it expected a loss for the first quarter. In conjunction with the news, Motorola announced an executive and strategic overhaul as a response to the situation.

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