Research In Motion Appoints Chief Operating Officer of Engineering and Manufacturing
Jan 23, 2001
Industry Veteran Larry Conlee Joins RIM To Fill Key Executive Position and Expand RIM's Leadership in the Growing Wireless Communications Marketplace
Waterloo, ON: Research In Motion Limited® (RIM®) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced the appointment of Larry Conlee as Chief Operating Officer of Engineering and Manufacturing. Effective immediately, Mr. Conlee joins RIM's executive management team with the mandate to fuel corporate growth through engineering and manufacturing excellence. Working directly with RIM founder, Mike Lazaridis and the RIM management team, Mr. Conlee will oversee RIM's engineering and manufacturing groups to help realize and expand upon RIM's longstanding vision for 'Always On, Always Connected®' computing and communications solutions.
"RIM has bold plans for advancing the next generations of wireless technology," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. "Larry's broad telecommunications expertise and proven management experience will help guide and progress our efforts as we continue to focus on developing technology that improves the way people interact with each other and information."
"At this time when wireless, computing and Internet technologies are converging, RIM stands out as a world-class technology leader that enjoys a significant first-mover advantage in an incredibly exciting market. I share RIM's passion for the future of mobile computing and communications and I firmly believe in this organization's ability to lead the way," said Larry Conlee.
"As RIM continues to entrench its market position and address larger-scale opportunities, Larry's experience in product development and life cycle management will help us to execute our business plans, effectively manage our growth and sustain competitive advantage," said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO, Research In Motion.
Larry Conlee joins RIM with over twenty years of international experience in corporate senior management at Motorola. During his career, Mr. Conlee has led a variety of successful, cross-functional teams competing in the cellular, PCS, paging and messaging sectors.
Mr Conlee's executive positions at Motorola included:
Corporate Vice President - Global Telecom Solutions Group
Corporate Vice President and General Manager - Messaging and Paging Products Group
Corporate Vice President and General Manager - Advanced Messaging Distribution Division
Corporate Vice President and General Manager - Personal Communications Subscriber Division
Corporate Vice President and General Manager - Pan American Cellular Subscriber Group
Corporate Vice President and Assistant General Manager - European Cellular Subscriber Division
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and integration of hardware, software and services, RIM provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers around the world to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products includes the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, the BlackBerry™ wireless email solution, wireless personal computer card adapters, embedded radio-modems and software development tools. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in Canada, the United States and England. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.net. Investors may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may contact email@example.com.
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