News | March 26, 2007

BlackBerry Creator Replaces Motorola CEO As CTIA Wireless Keynote Speaker

Orlando, FL -- CTIA Wireless -- CTIA WIRELESS 2007 announced that Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion will deliver a keynote address on opening day, Tuesday, March 27. CTIA WIRELESS takes place March 27-29 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Mike Lazaridis is replacing Motorola CEO Ed Zander as a keynoter.

"Mike Lazaridis is a welcome addition to a stellar keynote line-up this year," said Robert Mesirow, vice president of operations and show director for CTIA WIRELESS. "BlackBerry smartphones are a common sight in the world today as a result of Mike's longstanding vision. Mike and his team have been researching and inventing the underlying wireless data technologies for over 20 years. The combination of Mike's experience, insight and foresight provides our audience with a valuable perspective and we look forward to his views on the unprecedented opportunities emerging in this industry."

In his CTIA WIRELESS 2007 keynote address, Lazaridis is expected to address the fast-paced world of mobile convergence and the opportunities and challenges ahead. Mike Lazaridis is known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator and engineer of extraordinary talent. As President and Co-CEO of RIM, a company he founded in 1984 while still a university student, Mike oversees strategy, R&D and manufacturing. He is also a recognized leader in his community and a passionate advocate for education and scientific research. In addition to his leadership, advisory and philanthropic contributions across a variety of institutions, Mike has provided sizable donations to establish the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics as well as the Institute for Quantum Computing.

SOURCE: CTIA-The Wireless Association