RIM's Chief Marketing Officer To Leave Company

SEATTLE (AP) — The chief marketing officer of Research in Motion Ltd., the company that makes Blackberry smart phone devices, is leaving the company.

Keith Pardy's departure comes as the company, based in Waterloo, Ontario, gears up to launch its PlayBook tablet computer. A Wi-Fi-only version of the gadget is expected soon, followed in the summer by one that works on high-speed cellular data networks, including Sprint Nextel's.

The PlayBook is geared toward business users and will include a smaller touchscreen than Apple Inc.'s iPad has.

The company said personal reasons spurred Pardy to leave, but he will continue to work with company for six months to help with the transition, a spokeswoman said Friday.