Another high level RIM executive jumps ship

Another high level RIM executive jumps ship
Research in Motion suffered another setback today, as Patrick Spence, their executive VP that was in charge of international sales is leaving the company after 14 years. The move was confirmed by RIM spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger. Freiburger indicated that Spence was not leaving to a competitor, but instead planned to take a job in an unrelated field.

Attracting and retaining talent has been a growing problem as their stock price tumbles and BlackBerry handsets continue to hemorrhage market share. While several executives have jumped ship from RIM in the past year, this one is notable because Spence was in charge of international sales – the one area that had seen growth for them over the last 18 months. Spence had become something of a BlackBerry evangelist, and reportedly was in line for continued rapid promotion due to the performance of the divisions under his supervision.

Does this portend a coming slowdown in developing markets for RIM as well? With several months remaining before the launch of their next-gen BB10 device, RIM could ill afford to see their growth in international markets slow, but we know that there is increasing competition on the low end from so-called “white phone” makers of Android handsets in Asia, a problem that Nokia has cited as one of the reasons why Symbian’s market share has collapsed so rapidly.

Of course it could be that Mr. Spence is just looking for a new challenge, but his departure will surely leave RIM scrambling to replace him at a time when they are dependent on international markets.

source: San Francisco Chronicle



1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

'become becomes'???

2. VinoDroid

Posts: 8; Member since: May 24, 2012

I have faith in you Blackberry! Come on!

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

On a side note, Mr. Spence was just spotted at my local Walmart wearing a blue smock and greeting people as they entered.

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I think you misunderstood something. He was probably asked to quit due to his lack of performance over the years. If I was CEO of RIM, i probably would be shipping these high level people out as well.

5. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012


6. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Yeah that shows the confidence people have in this company. RIM has nice stuff, but you gotta bring Blackberry 10 before the summer is over. NOT in the Fall as it will be too late with Jellybean and IOS 6

7. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

RIM sucks and i am sure eve the granny's won't doubt that cuz they now have android's in thier hands much cheaper and much better and much simpler.!!

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