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BlackBerry loses its Executive VP for BBM, Andrew Bocking

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BlackBerry loses its Executive VP for BBM, Andrew Bocking
A terse statement from BlackBerry confirmed on Monday, that Andrew Bocking has left the troubled Canadian manufacturer. Bocking was the Executive VP for messaging service BBM, which meant that he was the top man on the BBM totem pole. One published report cites an anonymous source as saying that BlackBerry let him go as it plans on moving BBM to the enterprise group.

There also was talk that the executive was becoming unhappy with BlackBerry, to the point that he replaced his BlackBerry phone with an Android model. However, another source cited in the same report says that Bocking was not let go, and that he was poached by a competitor. This source says that the loss of Bocking is a "big loss" for BlackBerry, especially since BBM is one of the few positive things that BlackBerry has going for it.

"I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution."-BlackBerry

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been talking about monetizing the service once BlackBerry Channels is up and running on the iOS and Android versions of the app. These are basically discussion groups opened by and for BBM subscribers. Chen has discussed allowing corporations to promote their products using paid BlackBerry Channels.

source: BGR

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 17:21

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I suspect that Bocking was poached. If BB let him go, Chen is just as stupid as his predecessors.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:24

5. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Chen has a plan. And Bocking isn't part of that plan.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:51

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yeah, and the three Bozos before Chen had plans too. Bocking's departure s a huge loss for BB.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 06:52

7. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Nobody is saying it isn't a loss for BlackBerry. Of course it is. But John Chen knows what he's doing. In the few months he's been in charge, he has made excellent decisions for the company, and he has done much in the way of changing shareholder perception, and to an extent, public perception, of BlackBerry. And there is absolutely NO WAY you can compare John Chen to the three "bozos" that ran the company into the ground.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 18:04 1

3. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Well, it does makes sense to jump ship when the boat is sinking,

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:23

4. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


The boat is not sinking. It's course was off, and is now being corrected. Troll elsewhere.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:36

8. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


BBM's failure to go cross-platform can be directly attributed to him. This is a critical time for BlackBerry in the consumer market. Failure is not an option.

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