Last week, it was revealed that BlackBerry’s former CEO, Thorsten Heins, would be gaining another CEO position. Heins has taken over as CEO at Powermat Technologies, after a dispute arose within the board over the direction of the company with specific regards to leadership.
CNET caught up with the former BlackBerry CEO to discuss his new role of leadership and how the past has affected him. Heins said he doesn’t have any regrets for his seven years with BlackBerry and is “especially” proud of his last two years.
“I’ve been proud to lay groundwork to give them the platforms that they can take to market. I think it’s quite an achievement given the circumstances,” said Heins. He said his task as CEO was to stabilize the company and its financials, strategic direction, expenses, and operations; while simultaneously focusing on BlackBerry 10 and BES10 launch.
Powermat and BlackBerry were at one time in talks, under Heins’ leadership at BlackBerry, discussing wireless charging. “But with BB10 and NFC [near-field communications], there was only so much you can impose when you build a new hardware and platform,” Heins said.
Heins said he still uses a BlackBerry today. Currently, Heins is using the Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9982. However, he said he had just received a Passport in the mail. “It [BlackBerry Passport] was the last phone I designed with my team. That keyboard as a touchpad — it’s so cool,” Heins said.
If Heins is not remembered for anything else, he at least deserves credit for the inception of the Passport. Thankfully, the new BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, did not trash the project.