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RIM EVP of Sales Patrick Spence Leaves After 14 Years

 Patrick Spence

There is a definite change of the guard going on at RIM. A big chunk of the old RIM executive team is leaving or being shown the door while others are adapting to the new reality of Thorsten Heins and his vision for RIM. The latest to leave is RIM’s EVP of Sales, Patrick Spence (@Patrick_Spence), who held the title for 10 months and has been at RIM for 14 years. His exit may also have to do with the new COO and CMO that RIM just hired.

Here is RIM’s confirmation of Spence’s departure:

I can confirm that Patrick Spence, Head of Global Sales for Research In Motion, has resigned following 14 years of service. Patrick will be taking on a leadership position in a different industry. 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.


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  1. The Globe and Mail in Canada is reporting:

    “A source close to the company aware of Mr. Spence’s departure said the executive’s last day would be June 15, and that Mr. Spence likely stepped down after not receiving the COO job – despite being pegged for promotion to a C level job.”

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