RIM hires a search firm to find more U.S. tech experience for its board

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Canada-based BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has plenty of problems, and among them is a board that isn’t as technically savvy as its competitors. Today at its annual shareholder meeting, RIM chairwoman Barbara Stymiest confirmed that the company is indeed seeking out new board members with technical experience with the help of a search firm.

Stymiest was responding to a question from a Jaguar Financial representative, who asked if RIM’s board was planning to look for (much-needed) technical and marketing experience from the U.S.

“We understand the gaps that the board has,” Stymiest said.

Unfortunately, she didn’t have much else to say on the topic, as she quickly moved on to voting in new board members. We’ve asked RIM for further details on the matter.

The revelation came after Stymiest confirmed the board’s faith in RIM’s current BlackBerry 10 plans, even after the company announced delays until 2013.

RIM is coming off of its worst quarterly earnings report ever, which also led the company to lay off 5,000 more employees. It’s good to hear that RIM is trying to fill the gaps in its board, but I won’t be too excited until I see just how much effort the company is putting into the search. And I can’t imagine that anyone can single-handedly turn around RIM’s fortunes.

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