Samsung poaches RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook senior product manager

By on July 19, 2011 at 7:03 PM.

Samsung poaches RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook senior product manager

In June we reported that Brian Wallace, RIM’s vice president of digital marketing and media, left the BlackBerry maker for greener pastures at Samsung. Now Samsung has poached another RIM exec, and this time it’s the BlackBerry PlayBook senior product manager Ryan Bidan. According to CrackBerry, Bidan recently updated his Twitter and LinkedIn profiles to reflect that he will soon serve as Samsung’s director of product marketing. The move comes about a week after Samsung saw one of its top execs also leave the firm. On July 11th Omar Khan, Samsung’s chief product technology officer announced that he was taking a new job with Citigroup. More →

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RIM loses VP of Digital Marketing and Media to Samsung Mobile

By on June 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM.

RIM loses VP of Digital Marketing and Media to Samsung Mobile

Another executive is out of Waterloo, ON. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that it has confirmed the departure of Brian Wallace, VP of Digital Marketing and Media. The report also confirms that Wallace has been scooped up by Samsung Mobile. This move comes amid a flurry of other departures from RIM recently, including the company’s chief marketing officer, VP of brand creativity (what?), and chief operating officer. Samsung confirmed the report, WSJ says, though the company wouldn’t make Wallace available for comment. More →

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Top marketing exec at RIM leaves for Samsung

By on June 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM.

Top marketing exec at RIM leaves for Samsung

Brian Wallace, the Vice President of digital marketing and media at Research In Motion, has reportedly left the BlackBerry maker for Samsung — the top cell phone company in the U.S. According to Advertising Age, Wallace will pick up at Samsung as Vice President of strategic marketing for the U.S. Instead of focusing on digital media, Wallace will also work on branding and offline media. Research In Motion announced its first-quarter earnings yesterday and missed analyst estimates for the quarter. The firm shipped 500,000 units of its new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but also said that it would have to reduce its workforce.  More →

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