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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Lazaridis’

Corporate Execs in the Hot Seat, Getting Burned

Photo: Pier Paolo Cito/AP

Smells like bacon? Oh, that’s just the aroma of corporate leaders getting burned by bad press, crisis situations, and business downturns. It’s not anything new necessarily, but three’s a trend so why not take a closer look at three recent cases, shall we?

First we have the case of the quiet CEO — Mickey Arison, CEO of Carnival, which owns the Costa Concordia, the ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy on January 13 killing, at last count, 13 people. Pier Luigi Foschi, CEO of Costa Crociere SpA, Carnival’s Italian arm, has been speaking publicly, mostly to blame the captain, Francesco Schettino, who, with his ability to trip and fall to safety, is the luckiest mariner in the history of sea travel.

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BlackBerry Outage is Over, But the Repercussions Continue

Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has recorded an apology to customers for the global BlackBerry outage that impacted customers this week. In it, he sounds much more subdued than he did back in April, when he stormed out of a media interview because he didn’t like the questions he was asked.

Of course, customers have already taken to all sorts of social networks as well, some re-stating their love for BlackBerry, outage be damned, but more often to declare that they’re buying an iPhone as soon as they can. On Facebook, BlackBerry has racked up thousands of comments; commenters are replying to Lazaridis’ apology video on YouTube; and BlackBerry hashtags had been trending on Twitter.

BlackBerry says things are now back up and running, but the damage from this outage will continue.
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RIM Exec Loses It, Shuts Down BBC Interview

Lazaridis holding a Blackberry Playbook tablet. Photo: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Faced with a question from BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones about Blackberry security issues in India, Research in Motion president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis made like a dropped call and shut down the conversation, pointing to the camera and telling the person behind it to turn it off. You can watch the exec get rankled here.

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