Thorsten Heins

German Canadian businessman

Thorsten Heins (born 1957) was chief executive officer of BlackBerry (then Research In Motion) from January 2012 to November 2013.

Thorsten Heins, 2013


  • In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model. … In five years, I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing.
  • History repeats itself again, I guess. The rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about, is now five years old.
  • At the very core of RIM — at its DNA — is the innovation. We always think ahead. We always think forward. We sometimes think the unthinkable.
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