RIM’s Executive Exodus Continues, Tyler Lessard Leaves BlackBerry Maker

by Rob Lewis

Executives continue to leave BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM). Today Reuters reported that Tyler Lessard, the company's vice president for global alliances and developer relations, is the latest to leave the smartphone maker.

According to RIM Lessard "is moving on to pursue other interests". Lessard is the fifth executive to leave RIM this year.

Lessard will be replaced by Alec Saunders, a former executive at QNX Software Systems. RIM bought Ottawa's QNX last April of 2010 and their software powers RIM's PlayBook.

Reuters also reported that Jeff McDowell, senior vice-president for platform marketing and alliances, also left the company two months ago.

Lessard was in Vancouver in August for the GROW 2011 Conference and sat down with Techvibes' Michelle Sklar for an interview. Likely the last recorded one before his RIM exit interview.

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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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