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BlackBerry Executive Leaves, Fifth One To Leave RIM

Written by Kres Harrington. Posted in News, Software and Apps

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Published on September 16, 2011 with No Comments

Another BlackBerry executive leaves RIM. Something is going on at Research In Motion, the last six months has had a lot of losses and not financial. RIM’s chief marketing officer Keith Pardy resigned in March for personal reasons. Then another chief left, chief operations officer Don Morrison went on medical leave, shortly thereafter the company stated the leave was permanent. Then Samsung lured Ryan Bidan, senior project manager of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet development since 2008, in July. The head of BlackBerry developer relations,  Mike Kirkup, resigned. Most recently, John Vandermay has joined the group of ‘evacuees’. Vandermay was the vice president of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software at Research In Motion Ltd. Gemcom Software International Inc. is Mr. Vandermay’s new home with the same title, vice president.

Despite losing a part of their leadership RIM has recently launched seven new BlackBerry smartphones, but shareholders are skeptical, one suggesting selling. One possibility would be following Motorola’s footsteps and split into two companies. Transitioning to a new QNX-based software ecosystem could be causing a lot of internal tension. Presently, the reasoning for Mr. Vandermay’s departure is uncertain. The release of RIM’s first QNX-powered smartphone is scheduled early next year, unless things don’t come to an abrupt stop, only time will tell. No response from RIM officials. Vandermay is the fifth executive to leave Research In Motion Ltd.

Source: bgr