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LonelyTylenol 07-21-2011 10:32 AM

RIM Loses Another Executive
 
Here's an article from yesterday's WSJ. Pertinent to this subform, I think. Bit of a brain drain/reorganization going on.

LT




TECHNOLOGYJULY 21, 2011.

RIM Loses Another Executive

By CHIP CUMMINS


Research in Motion Ltd. lost another marketing manager, the latest in a series of defections as the BlackBerry maker struggles to refresh its product line.

Ryan Bidan, formerly senior product manager for RIM's PlayBook tablet, left the company to join Samsung Telecommunications America, Samsung confirmed in an email. Mr. Bidan was particularly visible early this year as he assisted with demonstrations and briefings to the media ahead of the PlayBook's April launch. The PlayBook debuted to mixed reviews, though initial sales of the tablet ended up beating some analysts' estimates.

The move represents the second RIM executive to defect to Samsung Telecommunications, a unit of Samsung Electronics Co. Late last month, Brian Wallace, RIM's vice president of digital marketing and media, joined Samsung.

Samsung declined to comment, but said Mr. Ryan hadn't yet started at the company. He wasn't immediately reachable for comment.

A series of other, high-profile departures have coincided with one of the company's most challenging periods. It has quickly lost market share in the critical North American smartphone market to rivals Apple Inc. and devices powered by Google Inc.'s Android.

RIM shares have fallen sharply amid recent profit warnings, losing more than half their value since the start of the year. Co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have said a series of new productsóincluding next-generation BlackBerrys and PlayBooksówill reposition the company in coming months and years.

Some analysts and investors have also recently called on the company to revisit its management and board structure. Messrs. Lazaridis and Balsillie jointly serve as both co-CEOs and co-chairmen. RIM has agreed to look at the issue and report back to investors early next year.

Executive departures have added to the pressure. Keith Pardy left the company in February after serving as chief marketing officer for two years. His departure came just weeks before RIM was to launch the PlayBook, the company's most important roll-out in years.

Last month, RIM said that one of its three chief operating officers, Don Morrison, had left temporarily on medical leave. The company said he would eventually return. Meanwhile, RIM has said Larry Conlee, a former COO who retired in 2009, has returned in an advisory role.

colonel 07-21-2011 10:52 AM

Re: RIM Loses Another Executive
 
so what!

bear in mind these are marketing managers
they xxxxed up a bit no ?

the playbook hardware is terrific and the software needs a few rounds to be awesome

pity it was released to early - but I blame the marketers for this

daphne 07-21-2011 11:06 AM

Re: RIM Loses Another Executive
 
I was thinking since RIM's marketing has been poor, having some new blood in that department could be a positive thing.

Moved to more appropriate section.

Tillia 07-22-2011 11:15 AM

Re: RIM Loses Another Executive
 
I agree. Marketing has been weak at best. The average consumer has no idea what PlayBook is, what it does or what may set it apart from the iPad and that is the job of Marketing. I say this is a very good thing for RIM. They need better representation on the Marketing front for sure.

georgejo 09-05-2011 04:56 PM

Re: RIM Loses Another Executive
 
Marketing horrible? How about sheer incompetence; e.g., releasing a playbook without chinese language support and not making it obvious when chinese language support is available. I'm curious how many Chinese engineers work for blackberry in Canada alone.

Another area I've heard: not having an option to add a SIM card to the Playbook. This means that their sales channels (carriers) won't be happy.


On the positive side? The security play sounds good.


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