Following our earlier report of rumours that RIM would be axing 2,000 staff and implementing a major management reshuffle, the Canadian BlackBerry maker has issued a press release outlining the changes.
In the statement, the Ontario company announced that it had made 'changes in responsibilities amongst the company's senior management team' as well as offering additional details of of a 'cost optimisation program' first announced on June 16th.
RIM says the policy is 'intended to create greater alignment of the organization and to streamline RIM's operations in order to better position the company for future growth and profitability'.
As we mentioned earlier, Thorsten Heins has ousted incumbent COO Don Morrison and will take on an expanded role as COO, Product and Sales.
Regional sales and operations exec Patrick Spence is taking on the role of Managing Director, Global Sales and Regional Marketing and will report to Heins.
Robin Bienfait will take on BlackBerry Operations, Customer Service and Corporate IT functions roles as well as her current CIO duties, and David Yach, in his role as CTO, Software, will focus on current and future software platforms, as well as the surrounding developer and application ecosystem.
In addition to the board reshuffle, RIM has confirmed that it will be axing 2,000 employees in North America and other countries in what the company calls 'a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company'.
"As part of this broad effort, RIM is reducing its global workforce across all functions by approximately 2,000 employees," says the statement. "RIM intends to notify impacted employees in North America and certain other countries this week. The remainder of the global workforce reductions will occur at a later date subject to local laws and regulations. All impacted employees will receive severance packages and outplacement support."
We have included the full text of RIM's announcement on page two.