You usually do not get to hear much from board members especially at RIM. That is why I found it very interesting to read this interview of Roger Martin, the dean of business at the University of Toronto and a RIM board member of 5 years, with The Globe and Mail. He came on to help them deal with the options backdating scandal in 2005 and stayed on. The interview with Martin is quite candid and really gives you a taste of the people on the board. Here is an example:
In a rare outpouring of candour by a RIM director, he heaps scorn on the notion that the board should have hired a star outsider to re-energize RIM – a strategy that, he points out, failed abysmally at other stumbling tech giants, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and, in its troubled 1980s, the now seemingly flawless Apple.
“So we’re supposed to hand it over to children, or morons from the outside who will destroy the company?” he says. “Or should we try to build our way to having succession?”
If you want to get some insight into one of the people who is steering RIM’s future I highly recommend checking out the full interview at The Globe and Mail.
Thanks Peter for sending this one in via @asaunders!