Yet Another Talented RIM Executive Jumps From Burning Platform
May 24, 2012 11:17 AM
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RIM is refilling its executive ranks as top talent looks for positions at more successful firms
Times are pretty desperate at Canadian phonemaker Research in Motion, Ltd. (
). Customers are
abandoning its soon to be defunct BlackBerry 7 lineup
in favor of sleek Android handsets or Apple, Inc. (
) iPhones. RIM is counting on a new, richer operating system --
-- and a selection of new high-end handsets to change its fortunes. But with cash running out, the company's future is anything but certain.
Thus it's not surprising that much of the top talent at RIM wants out. With RIM scraping from the bottom of the executive talent barrel (such as the
recently hired chief marketing officer
, a castoff of
bankrupt LTE telecom LightSquared
), the company is also facing many of its top talents jumping ship.
Patrick Spence, former managing director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa was just recently appointed to head RIM's global sales efforts and was showing strong success in regions such as Indonesia.
Now the 14-year, London-based veteran and one of RIM's few rising talents has done the expected, announcing that he's jumping ship to a position in "another industry".
Patrick Spence was a very talented RIM executive. He decided that his level of talent was a bit out place at RIM. [Image Source: RIM Vietnam Forums]
While some of RIM's recent departures have been involuntary -- such as co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis who
in the board's revival bid for the company -- many are simply talented executives who don't want to be part of what increasingly looks like a failing firm.
The list of recent departures is long and includes chief operating officer, Jim Rowan; head of software David Yach; senior vice president for the BlackBerry platform, Alan Brenner; vice president for the BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging product, Alistair Mitchell; and
chief marketing officer, Keith Pardy
As the executive ranks deterioriate,
RIM's failing finances
have necessitated cuts from the general ranks as well. In July RIM trimmed 2,000 jobs, or about 11 percent of its global workforce. Much of its marketing and developer relations teams were put out of a job.
With unsold handsets and a ragtag crew of replacements to RIM's former executive talent piling up, one has to wonder if there's any hope for RIM, even with the very promising BB10 on the way. Most analysts have expressed much skepticism that RIM will be able to maintain independence, opining that it's headed for a sale or break-up.
RIM shares are currently trading at about
a quarter of their value
from a year ago.
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