RIM loses global head of sales


London-based RIM veteran Patrick Spence to leave industry just 10 months after being promoted from EMEA managing director

Research In Motion head of global sales Patrick Spence has left the troubled BlackBerry maker.

He will officially leave his role on June 15 and is understood to be leaving the mobile industry altogether.

RIM’s incoming chief operating officer Kristian Tear, a former Sony executive, will take responsibility for RIM’s sales teams when he joins later this Summer.

Until then the teams will report to CEO Thorsten Heins (pictured).

Spence was only promoted to the global sales role in July, having spent 14 years at the Canadian firm, most recently as EMEA managing director.

RIM has not said whether Spence, who was based in London, will be replaced or where he is going.

Spence’s departure follows a year of turmoil at RIM which has seen a number of high-level departures those of former co-CEO’s Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, who were replaced with Heins in January.