TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion's marketing chief Keith Pardy is leaving the company, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday, citing a company statement.
The surprise announcement comes just weeks before the expected launch of RIM's PlayBook tablet computer, which will enter a crowded market dominated by Apple's iPad.
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The company's shares are 2.9 percent lower at $66.48 on the Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Janet Guttsman)