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More execs leave BlackBerry maker

2012-04-08 14:03

Toronto - Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd is losing two more senior executives as the money-losing company embarks on a strategic overhaul that its new chief executive says could result in its sale.

Alan Brenner, a senior vice president for the BlackBerry platform, will leave after a transition period, and Alistair Mitchell, a vice president for the BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging product, has already left, RIM spokesperson Tenille Kennedy said in an email on Friday.

A stream of executives have left RIM in the past year as its once-dominant market share has slipped amid fierce competition from Apple Inc and phones running on Google Inc's Android. RIM shares have dropped more than 80% from a peak of almost $70 in February 2011, to $12.67 on Nasdaq on Thursday.

Last week, RIM said it would stop issuing financial forecasts and that it was reviewing strategic options, such as entering partnerships and joint ventures or licensing its software.

CEO Thorsten Heins, who took the reins in January when longtime co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie resigned under pressure, would not rule out a possible sale of the company.

Departures

Several senior executives announced their departures in last week's earnings report - including Balsillie, who stepped down from the board. RIM posted a net loss of $125 million after booking writedowns on its legacy BlackBerry 7 phones and goodwill.

RIM last recorded a loss under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the fiscal 2005 fourth quarter, when it booked tax expenses and paid to resolve a patent infringement case that had threatened to shut down its US operations.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company is seeking a chief marketing officer and a chief operating officer.

In July RIM slashed 2 000 jobs, or about 11% of its workforce, to cut costs as sales and profit fell. Its developer relations and sales and marketing teams were particularly hard hit.

Head of marketing Keith Pardy left in March 2011, just before RIM launched its PlayBook tablet, which fared poorly. Two of his staff later moved to Samsung Electronics.

Medical leave

Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison resigned in July after taking medical leave. A second COO, Jim Rowan, left last week along with Chief Technology Officer David Yach.

Jeff McDowell, senior vice president for platform marketing and alliances, left RIM last July and Tyler Lessard, a senior vice president for global alliances and developer relations, left in September.

Comments
  • siyolo.brandy - 2012-04-09 14:48

    blackberry should reliase their phones are too expensive and yet the hardware and specs are old for 2012. Its the same old boring design. sell your phones at lower price

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-10 11:43

    The Blackberry idea is sound as is their pricing in respect of services, they have however failed badly in phone costs when compared to features and ease of use. Blackberry needs to accept that it will only hold market shares in emerging markets for now as they still offer the cheapest messaging package but will need to up their technology in order to become a player in the first world arena. They also need to accept that governments and big business will bring as much pressure to bear on them as possible as long as they hold the code for their network, as it is considered a threat by most intelligence communities who cannot break their coding to allow unauthorized eavesdropping.

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