In a bit of sad news, the founder of Torch Mobile, George Staikos, has left his position at BlackBerry. According to Staikos LinkedIn profile, he left the company sometime this month, and has started working independently as a software developer. As most of you remember, Matthew Staikos, brother of George, also left BlackBerry back in July to create his own investment company. With today’s news, both Torch Mobile execs are no longer with the company officially.

BlackBerry acquired the Torch Mobile back in August of 2009, and used their Webkit browser to create a better experience for its BlackBerry 7 smartphones. Under the supervision of Mr Staikos, the company also built the all HTML based browser found today in BlackBerry 10 smartphones. These browser capabilities have been one of the shiniest aspects of the new OS, and with an HTML 5 score of 491 out 555, the company has taking the lead in HTML 5 development.

It’s always sad to see top level talent leaving the company. We already saw some of the top talent from TAT leave a few months back as well. We definitely wish George Staikos the best on his future endeavours.

What do you think about the departure of another executive? Do you feel it will have a negative effect on the continuation of development of the browser? Sound off in the comments.