Mike Lazaridis to fill vacancy at CTIA

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lazaridismike.jpgI 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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    The interesting question is why exactly did the Moto CEO pull out of the speech?

    Was it just that their quarterly numbers were bad? It would seem to me that a bold move might have been to address the audience to reassure everyone that Moto still has their act together.

    Is it because Zander is working on something else that has come up…whether it be a massive new plan for Moto, or the deal to buy Palm?

    Either way, I’d imagine that Zander could make time for a few hours to give a short speech that would shore up confidence in Moto. This way, it just makes a bad situation look worse.

    Good for RIM, though…

  • Thought

    The interesting question is why exactly did the Moto CEO pull out of the speech?

    Was it just that their quarterly numbers were bad? It would seem to me that a bold move might have been to address the audience to reassure everyone that Moto still has their act together.

    Is it because Zander is working on something else that has come up…whether it be a massive new plan for Moto, or the deal to buy Palm?

    Either way, I’d imagine that Zander could make time for a few hours to give a short speech that would shore up confidence in Moto. This way, it just makes a bad situation look worse.

    Good for RIM, though…