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BlackBerry cuts top executives as it works to reshape company

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday November 25, 2013.

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BlackBerry has announced that three high-ranking executives and one board member have left the company, signaling that more changes may be afoot at the struggling smartphone and services vendor. It's unclear if the departing were fired or strongly encouraged to leave, but the following management changes have been announced:

- Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben is out
- Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear is out
- Chief Financial Officer Bian Bidulka is out
- Board member Roger Martin has resigned

The common trend among all three department chiefs is that their departments weren't exactly setting the world ablaze. BlackBerry's marketing and launch of BlackBerry 10 handsets failed to save the company, operations have been cut as a result, and the stock has plummeted in value. Now that former CEO Thorsten Heins has been replaced, his executive team is being replaced by people with the confidence of current CEO John Chen. In a statement announcing the management changes, Chen says:

BlackBerry has a strong cash position and continues, by a significant margin, to be the top provider of trusted and secure mobile device management solutions to enterprise customers around the world. Building on this core strength, and in conjunction with these management changes, I will continue to align my senior management team and organizational structure, and refine the Company's strategy to ensure we deliver the best devices, mobile security and device management through BES 10, provide multi-platform messaging solutions with BBM, and expand adoption of QNX embedded systems."

source: BlackBerry, via: The Globe and Mail

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