RIM UK Gets New Boss as Part of 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.

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  • idroid
    RIM doesn't need a new boss...they need to use Android in their mobile phones and make them with a Candy bar design and fully touch screen, if they can pull it off people will go crazy about it.... either that or make BBM public.
  • altriss
    idroidRIM doesn't need a new boss...they need to use Android in their mobile phones and make them with a Candy bar design and fully touch screen, if they can pull it off people will go crazy about it.... either that or make BBM public.

    If they do so, they will be in direct competition with samsung and htc, not sure RIM can survive to this. If their OS i valuable, they can maybe survive.
  • house70
    For some reason I don't believe playing musical chairs will save any company...