Toronto: Karima Bawa, the top lawyer at Research In Motion Ltd has resigned, joining a parade of long-time company executives to depart since Thorsten Heins took over as CEO earlier this year.
The loss of Chief Legal Officer Karima Bawa - who litigated numerous patent disputes and helped write many of RIM's commercial deals - follows the resignation of RIM's head of global sales, Patrick Spence, last week.
RIM said on Monday that Karima Bawa had been in discussions about her retirement for some time and plans to stay on to help with the transition once a replacement has been hired.
The departure comes amid reports that RIM may announce a major restructuring that could result in thousands of job cuts.
It also follows the departure last week of Patrick Spence, RIM's head of global sales. A number of executives left earlier this year, including founder Mike Lazaridis and co-chief executive Jim Balsillie. Lazaridis remains on the board.
Thorsten Heins became RIM's chief executive in January after RIM lost tens of billions in market value.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 09:50