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Another blow for Research In Motion

Chief legal officer resigns from Blackberry-maker RIM

Karima Bawa has resigned from her chief legal officer role at Research In Motion after 12 years at the smartphone manufacturer.

This is yet another blow for the Canadian company after head of global sales Patrick Spence stepped down last week. Back in January, co-chief executives Mike Lararidis and Jim Balsillie resigned after falling market shares and operational blunders.

RIM’s Blackberry has run into a few problems over the past year, including a loss of service last October, which saw customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa unable to access emails, internet and Blackberry messenger.

Along with all this, it has been reported that around 2,000 employees at RIM will lose their jobs in June; this follows 2,000 job loses last summer. It is said that the practice of firing junior staff members is so regular that it has become known as ‘Goodbye Thursdays’.

Ms Bawa has said that she has been planning to retire for some time.

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