Big tech resignations of 2012

This past year has seen some big moves and surprising resignations in the upper levels of some of the world’s top technology companies.

Beleaguered cellphone manufacturers Research In Motion (RIM) and Nokia lost executives during 2012, though the BlackBerry maker stood out with its co-CEOs both stepping down in the span of a few months.

A notable ouster of 2012 was Scott Thompson, whose short stint at Yahoo will be remembered for his biography stating that he had a computer science degree when he in fact didn’t.

One of the year’s bigger surprises was the early retirement of Intel CEO Paul Otellini. Intel reportedly requires CEOs to retire at 65, while Otellini will step down at the age of 62.

Here are some of the more high-profile resignations at tech companies during 2012:

Intel: Paul Otellini

Paul Otellini - Intel President and CEO
Paul Otellini – Intel President and CEO

Microsoft: Steven Sinofski

Steven Sinofsky
Steven Sinofsky

Sinofsky was head of Microsoft’s Windows unit and the announcement of his departure came as a surprise, especially considering that he was the executive most widely tipped to be the next CEO of Microsoft.

Scott Thompson: Yahoo

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson

Nokia: Ilari Nurmi, Colin Giles

Ilari Nurmi (left) and Colin Giles (right)
Ilari Nurmi (left) and Colin Giles (right)

Colin Giles, executive VP of sales at Nokia, resigned after the Finnish phone maker posted a $1.7-billion loss and a 50% drop in smartphone sales.

Ilari Nurmi, VP of product marketing left amidst a controversy around a promo video of optical image stabilisation technology in the new Nokia Lumia 920.

Research in Motion: Mike Lazaridis, Jim Balsillie

Mike Lazaridis (left) and Jim Balsillie (right)
Mike Lazaridis (left) and Jim Balsillie (right)

According to Reuters, to former co-CEOs of RIM bowed to investor pressure and resigned as the bosses of the BlackBerry-maker at the beginning of the year.

Nokia’s sale chief is out, price cuts promised

Nokia loses senior exec

Yahoo CEO claims he didn’t provide a resume

Intel CEO to retire after tough times

RIM appoints new CEO as Lazaridis, Basillie out

Windows head exits Microsoft

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