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RIM Head of Developer Relations Mike Kirkup Is Stepping Down

August 30, 2011

(Updates with shares in fourth paragraph.)

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Mike Kirkup, Research In Motion Ltd.’s senior director of global developer relations, announced his resignation today on his personal blog.

“The mobile space continues to change so quickly and this seems like a great time to step back and consider my next steps,” Kirkup said on the blog.

RIM, which makes the BlackBerry line of smartphones, has trailed Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in attracting software developers to its technology. The company is planning to sell models that can run Google Android applications, people familiar with the plan said this month. As of July, there were more than 250,000 apps available from Google’s Android Market, or about six times as many as in RIM’s App World.

Marisa Conway, a spokeswoman for Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, didn’t immediately return a request for comment after business hours.

RIM shares have fallen 44 percent this year. The stock rose $1.82 to $32.55 today on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

RIM’s share of the global smartphone-software market dropped to 12 percent in the second quarter from 19 percent a year earlier, according to Gartner Inc. Over the same period, Android rose to 43 percent of the market. Apple, which makes the iPhone, climbed to 18 percent from 14 percent.

--With assistance by Hugo Miller in Toronto. Editors: Nick Turner, Marcus Chan

To contact the reporter on this story: Olga Kharif in Portland, Oregon, at okharif@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net


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