Mike Kirkup, Reserach in Motion Senior Director of Developer Relations, resigns…

In an unexpected move, Mike Kirkup, Research in Motion  Senior Director of Developer Relations, resigns after 10 years at the company.

As the mobile space continues to change so quickly and this seems like a great time to step back and consider my next steps.  If you wonder what I mean about the changing mobile landscape, just look at what has happened in the last two weeks – Motorola was acquired by Google, HP shut down webOS and Steve Jobs resigned as CEO from Apple.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Kirkup stated that Nothing has changed for RIM and BlackBerry.  Clearly, this is not the case today…  RIM has lost a good one…

RIM exec believes that “Nothing has changed” for the BlackBerry – Ughmm… Yeah it has

I would never expect a corporate executive to paint a bleak picture of the company they represent when doing an interview with a journalist.  Eternal optimism is pretty much required both on and off the record.  When a company, however, is experiencing tough times, it is always nice when the eternally optimistic views of its executives actually line up with the reality of what the company is going through.  Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to Mike Kirkup, Research in Motion’s Director of Developer Relations.

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