In a bizarre yet carefully calculated move, Ryan Bidan, Senior Product Manager at Research in Motion, has announced he will be leaving RIM for a position with Samsung Telecommunications America as the Director of Product Marketing. Bidan is well known for his role in the launch of the PlayBook, which is RIM’s first play into the tablet market. While the PlayBook itself wasn’t very well received by early adopters, it’s arguable that the launch and hype behind the device was a success. With rumors of RIM selling 250,000 units in the first month, it’s definitely a positive note Ryan is leaving on.
Bidan follows what is almost a steady stream of senior suits who have recently left the company, presumably jumping ship before it’s too late. The industry knows all too well the moves that RIM is making; splitting efforts between multiple operating systems, stagnating with their hardware and design efforts, and to top it off they have internal red tape and bureaucracy that stifles creativity. These are some of the telltale signs that Nokia had before their big shakeup and partnership with Microsoft. While nobody knows where RIM is heading, we do know that RIM has previously advised they were expecting a drop in profits as well as a reduction in workforce in order to compensate for losses.
While neither Samsung nor RIM have confirmed the news, Ryan’s LinkedIn page speaks for itself, showing his past position at RIM with his current one in big bold letters. A recent tweet by @ryanbidan corroborates his LinkedIn profile position in Dallas and eludes to his relocation in the near future.