Executive in charge of BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet is leaving

July 24, 2013
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David J. Smith, executive VP in charge of mobile computing, has resigned for personal reasons, a BlackBerry spokesman said. The move happened within the past few weeks, said a person familiar with the matter. The spokesman added that Mr. Smith “continues to come into work every day and is committed to working with BlackBerry through a proper transition.” 

The highly-touted PlayBook stumbled out of the gate due to what many analysts considered a lack of core features and never sold well. Last year BlackBerry wrote down nearly $500 million in unsold PlayBook inventory.

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