RIM's former executive vice president of global sales, Patrick Spence, resigned from the company earlier this week and is reportedly heading to Sonos. Reuters claims that Spence has been hired as Sonos' chief commercial officer, citing a source with knowledge of his plans. RIM originally revealed that Spence was planning to take "a leadership position in a different industry," although the firm refused to comment further.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins will take over Spence's responsibilities and pass them on to the company's new COO, Kristian Tear, when he joins RIM later this year. Spence's resignation follows a number of key executive departures from the firm amidst a poor Q4 earnings, rumors of a buyout, and BlackBerry 10 delays for the troubled company.