RIM’s top lawyer jumps ship

RIM’s top lawyer jumps ship
Sometimes it seems that RIM has a never-ending casualty list when it comes to executives packing up and heading for the door. That latest departure is Chief Legal Officer Karima Bawa. She joined RIM in 2000 and was promoted to her current position in 2010. Bawa has been responsible for writing many of RIM’s commercial deals and has been involved in a number of patent litigations. Bawa intends to stay on board while a replacement is hired and transitioned into her duties.

While a number of executives have waived the white flag at the struggling company, this announcement comes on the heels of rumors that RIM is gearing up for a massive layoff. It’s not immediately clear whether Bawa and some of the others are actually a part of these layoffs or they are leaving completely on their own accord, but the headcount is definitely continuing to dwindle.

"Thorsten Heins is reframing the RIM organization. Not everyone will fit into the new picture," said IDC analyst Kevin Restivo. "Departures, forced or otherwise, are inevitable anytime management sets a new course for an organization."

A former RIM employee also noted that Heins has a different leadership style. He said speaking on the condition of anonymity, "[Heins] is picking a very specific organizational structure, inner circle, external hires and strategy, and a lot of folks aren't 100 percent comfortable with it."

The rumored layoff is speculated to occur on June 1st. We will have to wait until then to see how many more RIM employees bite the dust as the company attempts to reshape itself to gain back some of its market share.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

so am i the only one wondering who is left?? seems RIM has been losing 1 or 2 people a day for the past month or so

2. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

So where's Rose? :)

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Something about rats jumping from a sinking ship....

4. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

She's retiring . . . She's not "Jumping" any "Ship" foo . . .

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

You jump,I jump,everybody jump!!!! (from the s.s RIM) Our hearts will go on... To google.

6. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

And another 1 bites the dust. Great keep it up RIM.

7. vqc61

Posts: 15; Member since: May 16, 2012

Tha's OK. Lawyers are a dime a dozen nowadays. Just get another one.

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Soon, to a theater near you...After Blackberry's Titanic struggle... The Epic Sequel... Titanic II, The sinking Of Apple... lol!!!

9. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Too many ship-jumpers. Well, forced resignations...

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