8/7/2008 11:01:00 AM
Two of RIM's management team leave manufacturer
Two of RIM’s most senior European management team left the handset manufacturer three weeks ago.
Charmaine Eggberry, vice president and managing director of RIM’s European, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) operations, and James Hart, RIM’s marketing director for EMEA, have both left the company, according to industry sources. Eggberry was the most senior person for RIM (most commonly known as BlackBerry) in Europe.
Eggberry (pictured, right) and Hart (pictured, left) parted the company amid suggestions of a broader restructuring of the organisation, with more redundancies expected in the coming weeks.
Mobile understands that several senior functions within RIM’s European and Middle Eastern operation will be incorporated into the company’s North America head office in Ontario.
The Canadian manufacturer’s share price dropped by just under 10% when its first set of quarterly results for 2008 were revealed in June.
RIM missed analysts’ targets and underplayed expectations for the coming year, but has emerged as a major player in the handset market, virtually creating a market for mobile email.
Nokia recently removed the BlackBerry client from its new email devices in a move that appeared to recognise the emergence of RIM as a major player, and as both manufacturers look to be the dominant brand as mobile email goes mainstream.
A launch date for RIM’s latest device, the BlackBerry Bold, has yet to be announced but it is expected to hit the high street by the end of the month.
RIM’s Slough office confirmed that Eggberry left the business three weeks ago. RIM’s office in the UK declined to comment on several occasions and the office in Ontario was unavailable as Mobile went to press.