Apple poaching members of BlackBerry-maker RIM’s enterprise sales team for iPhone business sales

InvisibleSHIELD.  Scratch Proof your iPhone 4!“Apple Inc. (AAPL) is not only poaching corporate customers from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), it’s poaching members of RIM’s enterprise sales team,” Stuart Weinberg reports for Dow Jones.

“In the past 18 months, at least five members of RIM’s enterprise-sales team have left the company to join Apple,” Weinberg reports. “This includes Geoff Perfect, who served as Head of Strategic Sales at RIM for nearly five years before leaving in April 2009 and joining Apple a month later as Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales, according to LinkedIn, the online networking service for professionals.”

“In January, Joe Bartlett, Steve Marshall and Peter Decker all left RIM after working there for about four years, according to LinkedIn,” Weinberg reports. “Bartlett and Marshall joined Apple a month later, while Decker joined them in February. Decker was a Global Account Manager at RIM, Bartlett was a Senior Global Sales Manager and Marshall was a Global Strategic Account Manager, according to Linkedin.”

Weinberg reports, “At Apple, Bartlett sells iPhones and iPads to companies in the New England region, while Marshall and Decker are listed as iPhone sales reps for the Greater New York City area, according to LinkedIn.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The relief of no longer having to pimp antiquated wares — two beards of buttons for one, no less — has to be priceless.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. Finally Apple realises the benefits of seasoned salespeople.

    For a long time there they were canning anyone in sales, a purge because they thought young, pimpled faced, socially inept geeks could sell hardware better than seasoned pro’s.

    The fact is Apple didn’t want to pay diddly squat, certainly not a commission. But apparently they had come to their senses, along with the fact that people like to play games which they too denied for years. Too late for that, Microsoft and Sony locked up the console market which should have been Apple’s exclusive turf long ago.

    Well one of these days Apple will figure out what it wants to be, so far it’s just invading where it can and changing up constantly, dropping this or that product, adopting new ones. How long will that hold up depends upon how long Steve lives.

  2. All of the RIMM employees need to get their resumes up to date. You don’t hold off with the life vest until the water is up to your neck on a sinking ship! The RIMM_titanic and the “Unsinkable” Microsoft_titanic are going down.

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