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RIM Head Of Marketing To Depart

Research in Motion has announced that its chief marketing officer has decided to leave the company, just weeks before its first tablet device is launched.

According to a report on the Wall Street Journal, the company stated that Keith Pardy will be leaving the company for personal reasons but has agreed to be on board for a six month transition. The company is yet to announce a successor to Pardy.

Pardy, who joined the company in 2009 after a stint at rival Nokia, had conveyed his wish to leave the company one month ago. His departure comes at a time when the Canadian smartphone maker is preparing to launch its flagship PlayBook tablet device onto the market.

PlayBook, which is rumoured to be launching late in March or early April, will face a mammoth task of competing with the newly unveiled iPad 2 and an army of Google Android based tablets.

The tablet device is RIM's latest attempt to shed its image as a corporate smartphone maker towards a more media oriented device manufacturer under pressure from newer and more media rich operating systems. The PlayBook tablet will come with a revamped operating system and a host of new features, which RIM hopes will reaffirm its presence in the market.