6/11/2009 2:26:00 PM
RIM chief Chris Burke exits manufacturer after just five months
RIM’s Europe managing director, Chris Burke, has left his post after just five months, Mobile can reveal.
Burke joined the BlackBerry manufacturer from Vodafone where he was chief technology officer. Although news of his departure has only just emerged, Burke effectively left his post in May.
It is not yet known why Burke (pictured) has left, or the circumstances surrounding his departure.
Sources indicate a disagreement over strategy with senior RIM executives in Canada.
A spokeswoman for RIM said: ‘Chris Burke decided to leave RIM for personal reasons at the beginning of May. Chris had worked at the company for only a short while, but RIM appreciates his contributions and wishes him well. RIM of course remains focused on continuing its growth in EMEA and supporting its many customers and partners in the region.’
A replacement for Burke has not yet been appointed. He joined in January this year, following the departure of Charmaine Eggberry in August 2008.
Burke had been given the remit to take BlackBerry devices beyond corporate users and into the mass market, as well as building RIM’s application usage in Europe.
His departure leaves a vacuum for a replacement for the high profile
RIM has account managers to look after its big operator customers who will report directly into executives in Canada during the interim period, while RIM searches for a replacement.
Burke had also been building relationships with Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u and distribution accounts including Brightpoint, 20:20 Mobile and most recently, Brightstar.