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'I'm still BlackBerry's biggest fan,' says deposed CEO Thorsten Heins

Details company future in letter to employees
'I'm still BlackBerry's biggest fan,' says deposed CEO Thorsten Heins

Soon-to-be former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has claimed he'll still be "cheering from the sidelines" as the company looks to secure its future.

Days after it was announced Heins was to be relieved of his position coinciding with the company's decision to pull out of a $4.7 billion sale to lead investor Fairfax the BlackBerry man has written a letter to those he's leaving behind.

In the letter, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Heins describes the company's decision to raise $1 billion in funding instead of selling up as a "vote of confidence" in BlackBerry's future.


"Today I bid farewell to this great company, but leave with the confidence of knowing that BlackBerry's future is in your capable hands," details Heins.

"Together, we have accomplished a great deal over the past six years, and I thank you for your loyalty and dedication along the way.

"You can continue to count me as BlackBerry's biggest fan. Please know that I will be cheering from the sidelines."

Heins adds that BlackBerry will be hosting a town hall meeting with its employees later in the week where the company's leadership will detail its future plans.

"In terms of next steps, your day-to-day responsibilities will remain the same through this transition," he concludes.

"As a team, each and every one of you plays an important role in BlackBerry's success, so I thank you for staying focused on delivering the high quality products and services that our customers have come to expect from BlackBerry throughout this transition."

[source: Wall Street Journal]