BlackBerry continues executive shakeup

The mobile manufacturer ousts another two c-level executives, whilst another board member resigns

Another two members of BlackBerry’s management team are being pushed out of the struggling mobile firm, it was confirmed today.

The company’s chief operating officer, Kristian Tear, and its chief marketing officer, Frank Boulben, are leaving and replacements have yet to be announced.

It was also confirmed Roger Martin, a member of BlackBerry’s board since 2007, has resigned, although no explanation for his decision was given.

This is the latest in a raft of changes at the top following the exit of CEO Thorsten Heins at the beginning of the month. He was fired after the firm failed to find a buyer and decided to forgo the offer from its largest investor, Fairfax Financial Holdings, for $4.7bn to take over the company – choosing instead to accept a $1bn investment and to try and go it alone.

Chief financial officer, Brian Bidulka, was also given his marching orders and today his successor was announced as James Yersh, who has been senior vice president, controller and head of compliance at BlackBerry since 2008.

BlackBerry’s CEO, former Sybase boss John Chen, said the measures were needed to change the company’s fortunes.

“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,” he said.

“Building on this core strength, and in conjunction with these management changes, I will continue to align my senior management team and organisational 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.”

BlackBerry is due to announce its third quarter results on 20 December.

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