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Research In Motion Limited (RIMM) Cuts 2,000 Jobs and Announces New Upper Management Positions

July 25, 2011 7:08 AM EDT Send to a Friend
Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ: RIMM) today provided an update on changes in responsibilities amongst the company's senior management team, as well as additional details about the cost optimization program announced on June 16th.

Thorsten Heins is taking on the expanded role of COO, Product and Sales.

Patrick Spence is taking on the role of Managing Director, Global Sales and Regional Marketing.

Robin Bienfait is maintaining her responsibilities as CIO, including BlackBerry Operations, Customer Service and Corporate IT functions, and also taking on responsibility for the Enterprise Business Unit focused on delivering outstanding customer service and extending RIM's leadership in the enterprise sector.

David Yach, in his role as CTO, Software, will focus on current and future software platforms, as well as the surrounding developer and application ecosystem.

Jim Rowan is taking on the expanded role of COO, Operations and will continue to be responsible for manufacturing, global supply chain and repair services.

Brian Bidulka, RIM's CFO, is working together with Jim Rowan in overseeing the Cost Optimization Program which is currently underway.

RIM is reducing its global workforce across all functions by approximately 2,000 employees. RIM intends to notify impacted employees in North America and certain other countries this week.




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