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BlackBerry's Lazaridis Exits After Remaking Messaging

In a brief statement, this morning, Lazaridis announced his official departure from the company and wished his successors good luck.

"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."

He will now be able to spend more time on a venture he founded more than a decade ago: the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, located in Blackberry's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. The institute includes other great scientific minds including Neil Turok and Stephen Hawking.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.
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