RIM's Australian boss Ray Gillenwater leaves the company for pastures new

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By James Richardson on 12 Jul 2012 06:52 am EDT
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We have seen many a shake up in the recent couple of months as RIM implements its restructuring process. The latest change comes in the form of Ray Gillenwater who is was the managing director of RIM Australia.

Gillenwater has left Research in Motion after just three months in the job. RIM have said today that Gillenwater has left to pursue other interests. He will be replaced by Matthew Ball who has been with the company for a year.

In a statement RIM said that Australia and New Zealand were "important markets for RIM and we are pleased to have Matthew Ball and a talented management team in place that remain focused on continuing the growth of BlackBerry in this region".

Clearly Mr. Gillenwater may well have left of his own accord, however with 5000 job cuts being implemented by RIM you can't help but wonder if he was given a helping hand out the door. The word is he was RIM's youngest managing director. We also know just how well Australia's Wake Up campaigns went over (and in the past this regional marketing is something that would come back to the MD). Sad times for all those involved but as we have said many a time; but sometimes change is necessary.

Source: The Australian

16 comments

Bobert_123

I hope the new guy is better...

Blackberry_boffin

Wake up was just a terrible concept for someone in RIM's situation.

kingbernie06511

yes, Wake up was good, but without new or top-notch products, it was a bust from the start.

if samsung had done that though.....

birdman_36

How come you guys report on someone who's leaving RIM but never on who replaces him?

tjseaman

2nd paragraph:

Gillenwater has left Research in Motion after just three months in the job. RIM have said today that Gillenwater has left to pursue other interests. He will be replaced by Matthew Ball who has been with the company for a year.

revtech

Pretty embarrassing gaffe there birdman . . How come you can report inaccurately but never an admission of error? . . What goes around . . .

birdman_36

What I meant was it seems the reports are always about someone leaving. It gives RIM a bad reputation. CB chould have a profile of the man replacing him. Onwards and upwards!

Wightboy

I'm sure someone will put a positive spin on this. It will save RIM some $.

MoolahMitch

Last In First Out redundancy policy, thats what they do at the IB I work at.

sonicpix

so...he didn't even pass his probationary period.

gspeng

The view of the big picture was just too much for him and a lot of other supporters maybe? What the hell, might as well do what everyone is doing and jump ship now.

Rootbrian

You have no idea how to run a company. You can't just fire every fucking body who works there if it's not working right or if things are going down hill. Why don't you quit your job and remain unemployed for a few weeks and see how things are? It's not easy and with no money, you're fucked.

revtech

C'mon rootbrian keep it clean . . Sometimes I like your contribution but lately its been a bunch of potty-mouthed overreaction.