Everybody do the executive shuffle!
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has been having a hard time the last couple of years, but the company seems confident that it can turn things around with the launch of BlackBerry 10, its newest OS. In preparation for this new operating system, the company is making some internal changes, and these changes include a new role for the head of RIM UK and Ireland.
ZDNet this week reports that Stephen Bates will leave his post as managing director of RIM UK and Ireland to fill a brand new role at the company. His new title will be Regional Managing Director for Europe, and he'll be responsible for customer engagement and market responsiveness across RIM's European base.
Of course, Bates' departure is going to leave quite the gap in RIM's UK and Ireland operations. Stepping into Bates' shoes is Rob Orr, the current vice-president for product management for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
ZDNet cites a Securities and Exchange Commission filing in reporting that as much as 10 percent of RIM's total consolidated revenue comes from sales in the UK.