Mike Lazaridis Calls it a Day and Retires from BlackBerry

By Gary Cutlack on at

BlackBerry's just released its latest set of financial figures for the last year, showing it sold roughly six million smartphones and "approximately" one million BB10 devices. But the real shock news is the decision of co-founder Mike Lazaridis to resign his positions of vice chair and company director.

And he's not doing it to spend more time with his family, either. Lazaridis is off to run his own investment fund with old RIM buddy and co-founder Doug Fregin. He's just had enough of BlackBerry. He's done.

Lazaridis said: "With the launch of BlackBerry 10, I believe I have fulfilled my commitment to the Board. Thorsten and his team did an excellent job in completing BlackBerry 10. We have a great deal of which to be proud. I believe I am leaving the company in good hands. I remain a huge fan of BlackBerry and, of course, wish the company and its people well." [BlackBerry PDF]