Parts ways after 14 years of service.
While RIM struggles to get back on its feet amidst poor sales of its devices, it’s just been dealt another blow.
Patrick Spence, Head of Global Sales based in the company’s London office, decided to leave the company after a 14 year stint with them. Spence originally joined the company back in 1998, but was only in his current position of SVP and MD of global sales and regional marketing for the past 10 months. “Patrick will be taking on a leadership position in a different industry,” a RIM spokeswoman commented in an email. “The sales function will report directly into Kristian Tear, our newly appointed COO when he starts this summer. In the interim, the sales function will report to [CEO] Thorsten Heins.”
Spence’s departure comes at a time where RIM continues to lose market share against other mobile players such as Apple and Samsung. While the company has looked to international stores as a way to boost its dwindling sales, the company’s internal structure is preventing it from making any true progress. The recent reveal of the Blackberry 10 OS, the company’s next update to its smartphone OS shows promise, however it will be a while before it’s ready to hit the market.