Research in Motion loses more senior executives

By on April 6, 2012 at 4:10 PM.

Research in Motion loses more senior executives

Research in Motion has lost a number of senior-level executives in recent days amid a broad review of the company’s strategic options, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Alistair Mitchell, RIM’s vice president of the BlackBerry Messenger instant-messaging platform, is among several executives who have left the company according to the report. A company spokeswoman confirmed to the Journal that Mitchell is “no longer with RIM.” The spokeswoman also confirmed that Alan Brenner, a senior vice president of the BlackBerry platform, would be “leaving the company after a transition period.” RIM posted disappointing fourth quarter sales last week, leading to the departure of company co-founder Jim Balsillie, chief technology officer David Yach and chief operating officer Jim Rowan. The struggling company said it is facing significant challenges, and it is currently reviewing strategic opportunities and potential partnerships. More →

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Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart

By on July 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM.

Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart

Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transition in every sense of the word. Publicly, the company is portraying a very defensive image — one that is very dismissive, as if RIM is profitable and class-leading, and the media is out of line to criticize its business, as are investors. Internally, however, there’s a different story to be told. It’s a story filled with attitude, cockiness, heated arguments among the executive team and Co-CEOs, and paranoia. We’ve spoken to multiple ex-RIM executives at length about their experiences with the company over the past few years. While most speak highly of RIM and their time in Waterloo, they also each left the company due mainly to RIM’s lack of vision and leadership. Read on for an exclusive inside look at a company teetering on the edge between greatness and collapse. More →

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Skype said to be firing execs to reduce payouts

By on June 20, 2011 at 6:46 PM.

Skype said to be firing execs to reduce payouts

Skype has started to fire several of its executives in an effort to reduce payouts from its Microsoft purchase, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Among the execs being let go are vice presidents Christopher Dean, David Gurle, don Albert, and Russ Shaw, as well as chief marketing officer Doug Bewsher, and the head of human resources, Anne Gillespi. Two other execs from Skype’s Qik acquisition earlier this year — Ramu Sunkara and Allyson Campa — were also fired according to the report. This could possibly mean that the executives will lose any stock options that were not yet vested. Microsoft announced on May 10th that it was acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion, and the deal is still pending FCC approval. More →

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Dell, HP executives take shots at Apple, iPad; look foolish

By on March 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM.

Dell, HP executives take shots at Apple, iPad; look foolish

Here’s a head scratcher: You’re an executive at a major electronics manufacturer. A company, Apple, has beaten you to market with its first tablet offering, the iPad, by nearly one year. In this single year, your competitor sold nearly 16 million tablets worldwide and managed to accumulate 75% of the tablet market share. What should you do? Make outlandish accusations and start calling that company names, of course. Executives from both Dell and HP have weighed in on what exactly is wrong with Apple’s iPad — aside from the fact that people are lining up to buy them the world over — and some of the quotes are quite humorous. More →

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WSJ: three Sprint executives resign from Clearwire board

By on September 30, 2010 at 10:59 PM.

WSJ: three Sprint executives resign from Clearwire board

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that three sprint executives — Dan Hesse, Keith Cowan, and Steven Elfman — have resigned from WiMAX network-operator Clearwire’s board. Sprint informed the WSJ that they would appoint “independent successor directors” within the next few months; Sprint has named its general counsel, Charles Wunsch, as an observer in the meantime. Clearwire writes that the resignations are due to “recent changes in antitrust laws,” but also admit that the move could provide the company with “added flexibility” in pursuing additional funding. Sprint is the majority owner of Clearwire, holding a 54% position. More →

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Motorola files suit to prevent former executive from joining Nokia

By on January 19, 2010 at 6:40 PM.

Motorola files suit to prevent former executive from joining Nokia

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David Hartsfield, formerly of Motorola, has found himself tangled in a legal battle with his previous employer. The issue? He’s going to work for Nokia. Last week, Motorola filed an emergency motion in an Illinois district court to prevent Hartsfield from becoming Nokia’s global vice president of CDMA business. While employed at Moto, Hartsfield was the executive responsible for CDMA device development and worked on such projects as Verizon Wireless’ DROID. Motorola’s suit claims, “Hartsfield cannot erase his knowledge of Motorola’s confidential information… In working on Nokia’s CDMA mobile devices, Hartsfield could not compartmentalize his knowledge to prevent himself from using Motorola’s confidential information.” Motorola did not cite any wrongdoing or a non-compete agreement in their suit; the case has been moved to a U.S. District court. More →

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