05/28/2012 02:59 EDT

Karima Bawa, RIM's Chief Legal Officer, Leaves Company As New Round Of Layoffs Looms

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TORONTO -- Research In Motion Ltd. is losing another senior executive as its chief legal officer is retiring from the company after 12 years.

RIM says 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 RIM may announce a major restructuring this week, a move that could result in thousands of job cuts.

It also follows the departure last week of Patrick Spence, the BlackBerry maker's head of global sales.

Earlier this month, the company announced it was bringing in two veterans from the mobile computing industry.

Kristian Tear, who joins RIM from Sony Mobile Communications where he served as executive vice president, is the new chief operating officer, while Frank Boulben, the former executive vice-president of strategy, marketing and sales for LightSquared, joined as chief marketing officer.

The changes follow the appointment of Thorsten Heins as RIM's president and chief executive earlier this year.

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