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RIM’s Head of Sales Leaves for a New Gig

Longtime Research In Motion executive Patrick Spence is leaving the company, the BlackBerry maker confirmed on Wednesday.

Spence, RIM’s head of global sales and a 14-year company veteran, “will be taking on a leadership position in a different industry,” RIM said in an email to AllThingsD. His last day will be June 15.

“The sales function will report directly into Kristian Tear, our newly appointed COO, when he starts this summer,” RIM said in a statement. “In the interim, the sales function will report to Thorsten Heins.”

Spence is the latest RIM executive to depart the company in recent months, following January’s appointment of Heins as CEO. In March, the company announced the departures of software CTO David Yach and Chief Operating Officer Jim Rowan.

The company has also announced two key hires — Tear, and new marketing chief Frank Boulben.

Spence’s departure was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.


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